Your role as a parent
Eating healthy may require more than
motivation alone. As parent, you can help
make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Consider trying the following:
- Keep plenty of fruits and vegetables in the
- Have portable snacks like portioned
raw veggies in the fridge.
- Cut up fresh fruits and make bowls of fruit
- Plan and shop with your kids to increase
their buy-in regarding the types of fruits and
vegetable you purchase.
Here are some other tips to help caring parents
support healthy eating in the teen years:
- Don't nag your kids to eat healthy because
it's not going to work. The teen years are
marked by a drive for autonomy. This is
often a time when teens take on a
particular eating style such as
vegetarianism. Support your child's decision
by taking an active role in helping them
learn how to make healthy choices within their
chosen diet. A great resource for vegetarianism
is the book "Becoming Vegetarian" written
by Registered Dietitians Vesanto Melina and
- Teach children from a young age what
healthy eating looks like and why it's
important to make nutritious choices.
Messages such as "we drink milk because it
helps bones grow strong" will demonstrate the
value in food choices.
- Model healthy behaviours yourself. It is well
known that children imitate what their parents
do. This trait doesn't stop at adolescence.
Make it a priority to eat healthy, together as
- Involve teens in meal planning and
preparation. You'll increase buy-in if they
feel they have a say. If your child has enough
experience in the kitchen, why not allow
them to plan and cook a meal on their own
for the whole family?
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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.
Read the September / October 2012 issue of Wave