Teaching Kids and Families About Nutrition

Use these tips on how to teach your children to eat smart.

Remind kids that healthful eating provides fuel for learning, growing, sports and play. Take time to turn guidelines for smart eating into a family habit:

Eat a Variety of Foods

Prepare family meals and snacks with many different foods (canned, fresh or frozen).

Choose Plenty of Grain Products, Fruits and Vegetables

Have kids add their favorites to your shopping list - then stock up for meals and snacks.

Be Label Savvy

Whoever does the family shopping, read the Nutrition Facts on food labels to make overall food choices that go easy on fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium.

Balance Food Choices with Enough Physical Activity

So they don't overdo on calories, encourage your kids to sit less and move more.

Eat Breakfast

Encourage your kids to help plan healthful breakfasts, for a smart start to every school day!

Snack Smart

Keep healthful, easy-to-make, easy-to-eat foods on hand for smart snacking for the whole family!