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Caregiver Corner Handout - Healthy Habits, Ages 7-10

American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Department of Health - Caregiver Corner Handout, Healthy Habits, Ages 7-10

As a caregiver, you are a role model for your child in developing food preferences. Healthy habits are developed early in childhood. You and your child should try to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, 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 child 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. Arrange the berries in a smiley face for some additional fun.
  2. Encourage your child 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. Is your child eating at school? Encourage your child to eat the fruits and veggies offered.
  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. Try to avoid 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 child.
  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. Engage your children in the kitchen! What safe tasks could your child help you with?

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