Daily Bulletin: National Nutrition Month

Melissa Kossler Dutton

If your family has adopted some unhealthy dining habits, March—aka National Nutrition Month—is the ideal time to re-examine what foods you’re eating.

Helping kids shed bad habits is instrumental to good health. Research has shown overweight children are more susceptible to weight-related health issues than adults.

But be sure to approach the exercise with a positive—not punitive—approach. Children should not be placed on a restrictive diet unless their doctor recommends it. Instead, WebMD recommends working as family to find ways to make healthier choices. The website offers numerous tips to improve nutrition. Suggestions include encouraging kids to eat slowly, watching ingredients and portion sizes, involving children in food shopping and meal prep, and not using food as a punishment or reward. See the full list and the rationale behind the tips at  webmd.com/children/kids-healthy-eating-habits#1.

For more information about cooking healthy for your family, check out the Choose My Plate program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at choosemyplate.gov/what-are-myplate-mywins.