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Getting Kids to Eat Nutritiously
Eating nutritiously is important for children to learn early in life. They are influenced by what they eat at home and at school. Your children watch what you eat, and as parents, that’s a huge responsibility. But by finding fun and creative ways at home, and by supporting schools that provide healthier food, your children will enjoy eating nutritiously.
Home is where your children gain a foundation for good nutrition. It’s true what “they” say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Breakfast helps fuel your children for their day at school. That is why it is so important that you have influence over what your children eat. An NPR article presents studies showing that children who eat breakfast before going to school perform better, have more energy, and pay better attention to their teachers than those who do not eat breakfast. Not only is it important that your children have breakfast, but as important, is what they eat for breakfast. Studies have also shown that what your children eat for breakfast also has an effect on their performance throughout the day. Instead of giving sugary cereal for breakfast, try oatmeal and a piece of fruit.
School is another place where your children are influenced by what they eat. Unfortunately, with vending machines available to your children at school, they are more likely to choose junk food over the healthier options that the school offers. Dr. Geoffrey Greene, president of the Society of Nutrition Education found that parental limitations on how many sugary drinks parents allowed their kids to drink at home, made a difference in how many drinks they purchased at school. Parental limitations on sugary drinks helped their children make healthy decisions.
As parents, you have a tremendous amount of influence over what your kids eat. The Super Kids Nutrition website has great articles and fun ideas about how to get your children involved in eating more nutritiously: One idea is to have them cook with you, which is great because they would know what is in their dinner, and you wouldn’t have to keep hiding the vegetables. Gardening with your children is another idea, which makes eating healthy foods a lot more fun. Have fun and be creative with your children, and they will have fun eating nutritiously.