Health Watch - Fruits and Veggies: Teaching Kids

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You’ve heard that you should try to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about adding fruits and vegetables to your diet. Kids can be notoriously picky eaters, and fruits and vegetables often aren’t their favorite foods, but this time of year offers excellent opportunities to change their minds.

With fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance at farmers’ markets, roadside stands and supermarkets, summer is a great season to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and to introduce them to your kids. Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says introducing a variety of foods to children can make a lifelong impression that leads to a lifetime of good eating habits. You can get children excited about nutritious foods by starting a garden or visiting a farmers’ market or even a pick-your-own farm and letting kids participate in choosing foods to bring home and prepare.

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May 2011

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