Children's Health: Healthy Eating Habits
Janet Carter – Dietetic Services, MUSC
Host: Childhood obesity is a problem facing contemporary America. Janet Carter of MUSC indicates healthy categories of food children should be eating.
Janet Carter: Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy.
Host: While it’s alright for children to eat sweets on occasion, high-calorie snacks should be limited.
Janet Carter: I think that part of the problem, I see a lot of, is that sweets are being consumed a lot on a regular basis.
Host: What can parents do to ensure that their children are eating well?
Janet Carter: The best thing, first of all, is to be a good role model, you know, have a variety of good foods around. Positive reinforcement is extremely important. A really great prize, or reward, could be doing things together; doing something active. That also helps with the battle against being overweight, and being unhealthy.
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