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Healthy Eating for Families

Healthy eating starts during infancy and continues on throughout adulthood. Healthy eating is important for healthy growth and development of children.  Eating smart and moving more are the keys to good health and achieving a healthy weight. Including a nutritious diet during mealtime can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods.

Eat Breakfast

  • Eating breakfast gives your body energy
  • May improve memory and behavior

Make Meal Time Healthy

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half of your grains whole grains
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  • Eat meals together as a family as often as possible
  • Limit portion size
  • Model healthy eating behaviors

Snacks and Beverages

  • Limit the amount of sugar sweetened beverages (soda, sweetened tea, energy drinks and sugar filled fruit drinks)
  • Choose healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and yogurt 
  • Plan ahead when buying healthy snack choices to keep a good variety
  • Pre-portion your snacks in baggies for fast on the go snacks
  • Allow for favorite treats only sometimes so that they truly are treats

Get Kids Involved

  • Have children help with grocery shopping
  • Encourage children to help  pack their healthy lunch for school
  • Have children help prepare a healthy dinner


  • Breastfeeding decreases an infant’s risk of becoming an obese child and adult
  • Doctors recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a child’s life to promote optimal health for baby and mom

Last Reviewed 4/10/12