It’s hard to encourage your children to eat well when they are bombarded with television commercials and online ads for foods that are unhealthy. Cartoon-covered packages are more likely to grab your child’s attention at the grocery store than a bag of apples or carrots. With so many forces working against you, what’s a parent to do?
The MyPlate program has developed a few online resources to help you out. MyPlate and ChooseMyPlate are programs developed by the The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). They provide an online MyPlate Champion program to encourage children to eat well and exercise everyday.
How to Make Your Child a Champ
Visit the MyPlate Kids Place online to get started. The site provides games, playful videos, activity sheets and other resources that will teach both you and your child how to make healthy choices at home and when dining out. Download the MyPlate Champion Pledge and encourage everyone in the family to sign one. Post the pledge sheets in an area where they serve as a reminder for healthy habits.
Looking for healthy kid-friendly recipes and lunch ideas? Use these resources to get started:
- Eating Habits That Help Kids Do Better in School
- Kid-Friendly Healthy Recipe Websites
- Foods to Increase, Foods to Decrease
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