Be a Healthy Role Model!
Children are observant little critters. One of the primary ways they learn is by
seeing and imitating their parents’ behavior- especially when it comes to meal
times. Research shows when
families eat together , everyone eats better, meaning that they consume
more healthy foods and nutrients including fruits, vegetables, fiber, calcium
rich foods and vitamins. It can be a
challenge to get everyone home and at the table at the same time, but when you
do – maximize the opportunity to be a positive food role model for your kids
with these tips:
If there’s a kiddo or two hanging around the
kitchen before dinner, get them involved! Ask them how to cut the carrots for the salad
– strips or coins. These small choices
get them involved and they’re more likely to try it!
Be open to trying new foods; don’t force
children to try new things. When they
see you trying new foods, they will follow your lead.
Set an example with snacks! – choose fruits
instead of chips or candy and kids will follow suit.
Avoid labeling foods as “good” or “bad” – labeling
foods can create a desire for them.
Enjoy your meals – it shows children that it’s
okay to eat all foods in moderation.
Instill balance at mealtimes with MyPlate – fill
half your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter each starch and protein.
Don’t rush through meals – take the opportunity
to talk about the day.
Bonus: Another study,
Diabetes, suggests that a father’s exercise habits may influence their
young even before they are conceived!
Lead researcher, Kristin Stanford summarizes findings: “when
dad exercised, even on a high-fat diet, we saw improved metabolic health in
Published June 1st