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Healthy Eating Helpful Tips & Resources

Tips for Success

Almost one-third of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, it’s never too late to help your kids make healthy eating choices.

How to Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy

Here are five strategies to improve nutrition:
  1. Have regular family meals
  2. Stock up on healthy snacks
  3. Avoid food battles by giving kids a choice of healthy foods and allowing them to monitor their intake, within reason
  4. Involve kids in the cooking process when time allows
  5. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself

Putting the Right Foods on Your Child's Plate

Here are some easy tips to achieve healthy eating habits during meals or afternoon snacks:
  • half of a child’s plate consists of fruits and vegetables
  • kids drink water instead of sugary drinks like juice and soda
  • kids drink fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk after age 2
  • kids avoid oversized portions
  • kids get at least half of their grains from whole grains

MyPlate: New National Dietary Guidelines

The USDA Food Guide Pyramid, a guide on healthy eating, has not always been easy to understand. So the U.S. government has replaced the pyramid with a new symbol: a plate.

MyPlate is designed as an easy guide to teach portion sizes for children and create a nutritious, balanced meal.

  • half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables
  • the other half should be ¼ protein and ¼ whole grain

KidsHealth.org: More about MyPlate and portion sizes for children »

Healthy Eating for Kids Resources

See a variety of printouts and links to more resources to help you and your child make healthy eating choice every day.

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Healthy For Life: A Guide for Families

Developed by Nemours Health and Prevention Services, learn what actions to take based on your child's BMI, and also find community resources for physical activities, healthy foods, and nutrition counseling.

A Guide for Families: English | Spanish

More from NHPS

Nemours' KidsHealth.org

Get answers and help on preparing meals and snacks, shopping, and more from KidsHealth.org, the #1 most-visited children’s health information site created by the experts at Nemours.

Go to KidsHealth.org »


More Resources

  • Let’s Move!: tools, support, and information initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama to help form healthy habits in children
  • Team Nutrition: a comprehensive plan from the USDA to promote the nutritional health of children, involving schools, parents, and the community
  • We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition): information and resources to help children stay at a healthy weight
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income women, infants, and children

Handouts & Resources

If you're looking for more tools and resources to help you encourage healthy habits at home with your kids, check out our handouts and resources section just for families.
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