Fighting for Fruits and Vegetables: 5 Tips for Eating More Produce
Parents = Role Models
So, how do we break this trend and get our children back on track? Parents need to serve as good role models and model healthy behaviors. “Eating and providing fruits and vegetables is a must,” says Tanner. The American Dietetic Association corroborates Tanners belief: In a 2003 ADA study, it was found that children’s primary role model for eating is their mother. This finding gives parents the opportunity to play an important role in helping children form healthy habits.
But it is a difficult balance, and parents should be careful not to push too hard. Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research, suggests that “rather than pushing fruits and vegetables down our children’s throats, we should encourage increasing their consumption simply by teaching by example how delicious [fruit and veggies] are and allowing children to develop healthy eating habits because these foods taste so good.”
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