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Getting Kids to Eat Healthy

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are good for your children. However, it can be difficult to get them to eat what's good. Here are the basic recommendations for your child's healthy diet.

Fruits and Vegetables At least half of what they eat each day should be from this category. 2-3 servings of fruit and 3-4 servings of vegetables.
Milk, Cheese and Yogurt Children 2 to 8 years should eat or drink two (2) cups per day of fat-free or low-fat (1%)milk or milk products. Children age 9 and older should eat or drink three (3) cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products
Meat, Fat and Oils Protein from lean meat is important for growing bodies. Limit your child's intake of red meat and keep portions to 1/4 of their daily caloric intake.
Physical Activity and Exercise

Children and adolescent's should be physically active for at least 60 minutes on most and preferably all days of the week.

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Find out how to include more fruits and vegetables - in all forms - into your family's meals every day.

Parents or care takers who are concerned about their child's eating habits, weight or nutritional status should contact the following resources:

1. Schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian at your local health department, WIC office or doctor's office.

2. Primary Children's, McKay-Dee and Utah Valley hospitals offer a six week course - Family Food Fitness - that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes for the entire family. For additional information visit

3. Utah county, city or school recreation programs.

4. American Dietetic Association's web site:

5. To access the new Dietary Guidelines For Americans, 2007, web site: or call toll free (866) 512-1800.

7. Check out this list of child and teen-oriented websites promoting healthy behaviors.

This site by the CDC promotes strong bodies and minds in "tweens"

This site for kids 9-12 promotes healthy eating and active living. It is sponsored by the International Food Information Council in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Dietetic Association, and National Recreation and Parks Association, among others.

Created by the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media. Kids Health provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
For kids:
For Teens:

This site sponsored by the Pacific Science Center and Washington State Dairy Council, offers nutritional information through a variety of games

The Best Bones Forever!™ Campaign encourages girls to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D.

This web site is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest(CSPI), provides nutrition information and various activities for kids.

Choose My Plate for Children
This site is the home to the Choose My Plate. You can find 10 tips for kids and parents, games and coloring pages.


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