March is Nutrition Month

March 13, 2017

With obesity on the rise, a main concern for parents is their child’s diet. Throw in some confusing advertising, label reading and trying to find the time to cook healthy meals that kids will actually eat ~ and it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several ways to encourage your children to eat healthy without having to rearrange your lifestyle.

  1. Use the Canada Food Guide.

Visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php to create your own customized food guide.

  1. Shop from the outside edges of the store.

Grocery stores usually keep processed and pre-packaged meals in the centre aisles while foods such as meats, dairy, produce and grain products are kept toward the outside edges of the store.

  1. Practice what you preach.

Not only are your children not going to eat foods that you won’t – they will be less likely try anything new. For your children to eat well, you will need to model healthy eating.

  1. Be Patient.

If your child won’t eat a food, don’t quit offering it. On average a food will be offered 12 times before a child will even try it.

  1. Eat together.

Your children are more likely to eat a healthy meal if they have their family around them. Turn off the TV and cell phones and eat together 3-5 times per week.

Ultimately it is up to us as parents to teach children healthy eating and exercising habits to prevent obesity and all the diseases that it brings.