Navigation Links
Learning Good Eating Habits Early Leads to Lifelong Health and Wellness
Date:5/14/2008

Meals Matter Website Helps Families Raise Preschoolers to Be Healthy Eaters

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children between 2 and 5 years old experience developmental changes that affect their eating habits, and by anticipating and appropriately reacting to these changes, families can help turn their preschoolers into healthy eaters for life.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080514/NYFNSW01 )

According to Monica Montes, a Los Angeles-area registered dietitian and co-founder of N.E.W. Health Consultants, Inc, eating habits form as early as age 3, making the preschool years an important developmental window. At the same time, parents may face difficult changes in their children's food preferences.

"Feeding obstacles often start as children reach 2 years old and continue for several years," said Montes. "Children may eat less, demand foods they see on television, refuse foods or beverages they once enjoyed and start using utensils or sippy cups."

Montes offers the following tips so that families -- parents, grandparents and others present at mealtimes -- can prepare for these changes and respond appropriately.

-- Gradually introduce new foods one at a time, realizing that it can take

up to 15 tries before the child accepts it.

-- Try to add just one new food to a meal with three or so healthy foods

your child already enjoys.

-- Be sure to include new foods on your own plate .

-- Offer nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups, including low-fat

milk, vegetables, whole-grains and fruits.

-- Trust your preschooler's stomach, they will naturally regulate the

amount they eat.

-- Eat meals together as a family to model healthy habits.

To help families, Meals Matter, http://www.mealsmatter.org, a nutrition website developed by registered dietitians at Dairy Council of California, offers an informational series in English and Spanish specifically for families with preschool-aged children, including:

-- A chart of common eating patterns and nutritional needs at different

stages of growth;

-- Downloadable tip sheets with tools for fostering healthy eating habits;

and

-- Nutritious, kid-friendly recipes, such as Mexican Tostadas and

Dunkin' Vegetables.

"There are many things that families can do to help children develop good eating habits, but being prepared and staying patient is key," said Montes. "By staying positive, being consistent and providing a comfortable and calm environment for your child to eat, you will be on your way to raising a healthy eater."

Meals Matter provides busy families with nutrition information, delicious recipes and a variety of interactive meal-planning tools.

Dairy Council of California develops nutrition education programs that promote making healthy choices from all the food groups and regular physical activity. For more information, please visit http://www.mealsmatter.org or http://www.dairycouncilofca.org. Healthy Eating Made Easier.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Dairy Council of California
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. CVS Caremark and JVS Announce Grand Opening of the Boston Regional Learning Center
2. Cengage Learning Survey Reveals College Instructor Views on Challenges Facing First-Year Students
3. Futuremedia Learning Launches Next Generation Learning Portal for Bupa
4. Resource Systems and Silverchair Learning Systems Launch CareTracker Online Training Module
5. Alzheimers vaccine clears plaque but has little effect on learning and memory impairment
6. Brain scientist shedding light on learning, memory
7. FAAN Brings Food Allergies: Living and Learning to Annual Food Allergy Conference in Baltimore
8. HealthMEDX Partners With Silverchair Learning Systems
9. Pain receptor in brain may be linked to learning and memory
10. Southgate Community Schools To Present Studywiz Spark at Michigan Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference
11. Stress hormone impacts memory, learning in diabetic rodents
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... it has been selected by Tidelands Health, a three hospital system in South ... be constantly on the lookout for technology that enhances communication, drives workflow efficiencies ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Boston Children’s Hospital today announced its new pediatric ... practice tricky or rare procedures in an environment that looks and feels real. , ... available to inventors and “hackers” to develop and test new devices or software platforms ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Each year, about 800,000 people ... death across the United States and account for one death every four minutes. ... are permanently disabled. HCR ManorCare is launching a video series called “Your Brain,” in ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... Massage Chair with its user friendly Samsung tablet and exclusive Smart Application. The ... truly unbeatable massage. Starting each massage with a customized user profile and specialized massage ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... healthcare industry, announced today that Legacy Health is expanding its use of Intrigma’s ... after a highly successful initial proof of concept. The Portland, Oregon based health ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)... 2, 2016 Kalorama Information noted the 5 ... market in a recent white paper.  The healthcare market ... usage, a growing market are among the top drivers ... report EMR 2016: The Market for Electronic ... complete study of the EMR industry, and the report ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. , May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... drug development company, today announced data from the ... dose escalating clinical trial (the OVATION Study) combining ... of care for the treatment of newly-diagnosed patients ... chemotherapy followed by interval debulking surgery.  In the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... New Jersey , April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Software Suite for Life Sciences, Product Development Capabilities ... Global Life Science Customer Base . ... solutions provider, today announced the acquisition of Skura ... a global leader in adaptive sales enablement technology ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: