Use knowledge to reinforce healthy eating habits

Help your children understand healthy eating by teaching them about food - where it comes from, how it grows, what nutrients it contains, and how many calories it has.

Grow some of your own food in your backyard or in a pot on the back porch. Let your children have their own plants to take care of.

Let your children start helping you cook as soon as they show interest. Teach them simple, healthy recipes.

Let older children help you with shopping. Use it as a chance to teach them about food labels. Challenge them to find low-fat or low-sugar foods by reading the labels.

At the dinner table, point out the various food groups in the meal. Make a game of naming those food groups to teach children the importance of variety and nutritional requirements.