Want to learn more about how to help your child develop healthy eating habits? Here are online resources that have been carefully evaluated for Parents.com by a team of academic professionals from the Child & Family WebGuide at Tufts University in Medford, MA.
Listed below are great places on the Internet to learn more about healthy eating, dietary guidelines, and how to make healthy eating fun. The academic team at Tufts University recommends these sites based on the organizations sponsoring them and the highly credible research-based information they present.
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Child and Family Canada
From a consortium of 50 of Canada's most prestigious non-profit organizations led by the Canadian Child Care Federation, this site offers several articles of interest. For an overview on getting fussy children to eat, read Childrens's Healthy Eating. To get an idea of what children think, take a look at Children's Perspectives on Healthy Eating (Focus Groups with Canadian Children). Parents may also be interested in, Food Practices and Concerns of Teenage Girls.
University of Missouri Family Nutritional Education Programs
Visit this site for ideas on how to use children's literature to teach good eating habits. For an A-Z list of helpful books, go to Childrens' Books that Encourage Healthy Eating. You can find activity guides for specific books in the publications section. Guides offered include Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert, Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French, It's A Sandwich! by Roberta Duyff and other books.
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
If you are looking for basic information about a healthy diet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers several useful articles. For a menu of food pyramid publications, go to the Food Guide Pyramid. Of special interest are Tips for Using the Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children 2-6 Years Old and a background article describing the Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children. Articles about guidelines for all ages, including children, are found in Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans will interest those who want an extensive and detailed description and discussion of 2000 dietary guidelines. Included are Aim for a Healthy Weight, about encouraging a healthy weight and physical activities. Look at Build a Healthy Base for information about the food pyramid, serving sizes, and how many servings to eat each day. Choose Sensibly covers the sensible consumption of fats, sugars, salt, and alcohol.
To find more excellent sites about nutrition, visit this directory of web sites that have been reviewed by professional dieticians from the Gerald J. and Dorothy Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University. Parents will be especially interested in the Family section.
The Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide (www.cfw.tufts.edu), funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, evaluates many kinds of web sites relating to families. Sites are rated by child development experts primarily on the basis of the authority of the authors and the sponsoring organization, and reliance on research findings. To see more evaluated sites on other topics, go to the Webguide's index.
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