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How to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits With Your Kids
By: Kim Beardsmore
Parenting is a delightful challenge many of us face in life. It's not always easy to know what to do to bring up a healthy, well-balanced child, nor how to develop healthy eating habits in your child. Your child is constantly enticed towards foods that are appealing and not necessarily nutritious. With the rising problem of obesity in younger Canadians here are some simple steps to consider if your child is overweight.

Encourage healthy eating habits
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1. Buy and serve more fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned). Let your child choose them at the store.

2. Buy fewer soft drinks and high fat/high calorie snack foods like chips, cookies, and lollies. These snacks are okay once in a while, but keep healthy snack foods on hand too and offer them to your child more often.

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3. Eat breakfast every day. Skipping breakfast can leave your child hungry, tired, and looking for less healthy foods later in the day.

4. Plan healthy meals and eat together as a family. Eating together at meal times helps children learn to enjoy a variety of foods.

5. Eat fast food less often. When you visit a fast food restaurant, try the healthful options offered.

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