The School Day Just Got Healthier: Parents

Last Published: 06/21/2017

As a parent, you have the ability to help make the school meal changes a positive and exciting experience for your child. The new school meals have more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; low-fat milk; and less salty and fatty foods. Help your child check out these new meals and find what they like. It takes time to get kids to learn to like new foods. Here are some tips to help your children eat healthy foods:

  • Make time to join your child for lunch in the school cafeteria.
  • When your child gets home from school, ask what s/he ate for lunch.
  • Eat meals with your child as much as you can and let your child see you eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Grocery shop with your child. Talk about where vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and meat come from.
  • Try new foods and describe how they smell, feel and taste. Offer one new food at a time and serve something your child likes with that new food.

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