Why Eat Healthy?

Providing healthy meals and snacks is one of the most important things that parents do to help their children grow and develop.  Healthy eating is important because it helps children keep a healthy body weight, which lowers their risks for weight-related medical problems.  Children who learn how to recognize healthy foods and understand portion sizes will not only be healthier today, they will continue to make good food choices as teenagers and adults.

Why is eating healthy important for my child?

Healthy eating will also help children feel better, have more energy, and have a more positive attitude.  Children will learn better in school and will enjoy physical activity. When children practice healthy eating at a young age, they are more likely to continue these healthy habits throughout life.

Why should I cook at home?

Cooking and eating at home as a family is important because this is how children will learn about and try healthy foods. Foods from restaurants can have unhealthy condiments or ingredients, and portion sizes can be quite large.  If your child helps you cook at home, those meals become a source of pride and confidence for children, and those meals can be shared with others. Plus, it’s fun for children to eat creations that they helped make!

Why is breakfast important?

It’s important for children and adults to eat a healthy breakfast because breakfast helps the body to wake up. It also helps the mind to wake up, and therefore the brain can learn and function better. Eating a healthy breakfast will also result in making better food choices for lunch or in the afternoon.

What is a healthy weight for my child?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight, make sure to take an informed, positive, and sustainable approach.  Children are different and experience growth in different ways.  Your child’s doctor can look at your child’s growth charts and weight to determine if you should do something to improve weight patterns.  Work with your child to find healthy foods together and explore delicious and fun ways to eat healthy. If you feel that your child needs more exercise, find physical activities that your child enjoys and make exercising fun.