Healthy Eating for Kids

Overview

Childhood is a time of significant growth and development. To support this growth, parents should focus on promoting healthy eating for kids and teens. Since many kids are picky about food selection and often prefer convenience items, parents should plan ahead for meals and snacks that are both appealing and nutritious.

Depending on the child’s age, nutritional requirements may fluctuate. In general, parents should encourage children to drink water instead of sugary beverages. Kids and teens require a balanced diet that includes a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and sources of lean protein.

Parents should set the example by making healthy food choices and demonstrating healthy eating behaviors. Childhood is a perfect time to encourage healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Consult a pediatric health care expert for practical suggestions regarding healthy eating for kids and teens.

Basics

Wellness and Prevention