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Caregiver Corner Handout - Healthy Habits, Ages 14-18

American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Department of Health - Caregiver Corner Handout, Healthy Habits, Ages 14-18 Image

As a caregiver, you are a role model for your child in developing food preferences. As they get older, continue to encourage healthy food choices. Encourage your child to eat a variety of fruits and vegetable, whole grains, dairy products (like milk and yogurt), and protein foods (like beans, chicken, nuts, and eggs). Here are a few ways you can help your teen eat a healthy diet throughout the day!

  1. Start with a breakfast that will fuel the day ahead. This could include whole grain toast with a nut butter and a banana or oatmeal and blueberries.
  2. Encourage your teen to eat a variety of colors. Having a sandwich for lunch? Pile on the veggies or have baby carrots and celery as a side dish. Encourage your teen to eat the fruits and veggies offered at school.
  3. Enjoy this time as a family. Throw a blanket on the floor for an indoor picnic or gather around your family table.
  4. Have your child drink water first when thirsty. Offer milk at meals or snacks. Talk to them about avoiding sodas, caffeine beverages, and other beverages with added sugars.
  5. Hungry after school? A low fat cheese-stick and orange slices are a quick and healthy snack for your teen.
  6. Small changes can make a big difference! Swap out a sugar - filled beverage for water or shift to a whole grain bread. Start with small changes.
  7. Your teen can help in the kitchen. Find those activities that are safe for your child to help with and feel involved in their meals.

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