Educating kids about nutrition
Q: I was a very overweight child and I amdetermined to educate mykids about good nutrition (from a young age!) What are your top tips to get help get my children interested in food and good nutrition? Thanks, Ali
Good on you for wanting to start this process early, as the foundations you set up in childhood can have a huge impact on how your children perceive good health and nutrition.
Here are a few ideas to help keep your kids interested in viewing food as nourishment.
eating is something you do to nourish yourself, not a side activity to TV watching.
Using positive reinforcement for helping with the cooking or for eating veges also instils good habits that will encourage lifelong good nutrition. leading to better food choices and a love for cooking good, nutritious meals. the table is invaluable for creating pride in their cooking skills. than learning how to make a new meal with your loved ones under the guidance of a good cook. The sense of satisfaction and pride when you create something new is a joy. Better still opt for a cuisine you’re not very familiar with to enhance the learning and the fun.
Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. Visit drlibby.com.
Eating at the dinner table, rather than in front of the TV plays a vital role in setting up good habits.