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  • Balanced Diet for Children

    Posted on September 21st, 2014 rudrarup No comments

     Balanced diet for children

    Creating good eating habits from birth is important to the long term health care of a child. This page explores the role of parents and teachers in creating a health and fitness diet for children.

    Parents Contributes a lot towards the child’s eating habit
    Parents play a big role in shaping children’s eating habits. When parents eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and sugar and high in fiber, children learn to like these foods as well. It may take 10 or more tries before a child accepts a new food, so do not give up if your child does not like a new food right away.

    Parents have an effect on children’s physical activity habits as well. You can set a good example by going for a walk or bike ride after dinner instead of watching TV. Playing ball or jumping rope with your children shows them that being active is fun.

    If your child is in a boarding school, find out more about the school’s breakfast and lunch programs and ask to have healthy input into menu choices. Get involved in the parent-teacher association (PTA) to support physical education (PE) and after-school sports. 

    Your child’s friends and the media can also affect his or her eating and activity choices. Children may go to fast food places or play video games with their friends instead of playing active outdoor games. TV commercials try to persuade kids to choose high-fat snacks and high-sugar drinks and cereals. When parents help their children to be aware of peer and media pressures, youngsters are more likely to make healthy choices outside the home.

    Additional Ideas

    Make sure your child eats breakfast. Breakfast provides children with the energy they need to listen and learn in school.

    Offer your child a wide variety of foods, such as grains, vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat or beans.

    Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your child’s eating habits or weight.

    Cook with less fat – bake, roast, or poach foods instead of frying.

    Limit the amount of added sugar in your child’s diet. Serve water or low-fat milk more often than sugar-sweetened sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.

    Involve your child in planning and preparing meals. Children may be more willing to eat the dishes they help make.

    Be a role model for your children. If they see you being physically active and having fun, they are more likely to be active and stay active throughout their lives.

    Encourage your child to be active every day.

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