Help Out in the Kitchen
One of the best ways to get your children involved in their own diets is to get them into the kitchen. A lecture or class about good health may fall on deaf ears for many kids, but getting them in the kitchen with you for hands-on food preparation is a great way to make sure they're clued into what's going on. As you prepare your food, give your kids tasks like washing or cutting vegetables, or helping out at the grill --whatever is an appropriate task for their age. If your child has an active role in preparing the food, he or she will be more interested in what goes into his or her mouth. Take some time as you prepare your dinner to teach your children about fat content, sugar and empty calories.
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