During times of rapid growth and development like puberty, children need a higher calorie count.
Healthy diets include appropriate servings of foods from the five major food groups: vegetables, fruits, breads/grains, proteins, and dairy. Each food group supplies important nutrients, including vitamins and minerals the body needs. Parents/caregiverss who model healthy eating and provide a nutritious meal and snack choices can help encourage life-long health and fitness habits in children.
- Provide fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks
- Invite children to help plan menus, shop, and cook
- Avoid using food as a reward
- Avoid using food to respond to things other than hunger (anxiety, boredom, depression, etc.)
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