Cook Together. Eat Together. Talk Together.

Cook Together. Eat Together. Talk Together.
Make mealtime a family time. 


Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States, affecting over 30% children and a major contributor to chronic disease of childhood. So how did this all begin? It begins at a tender age when children consume energy-dense foods high in fats and sugars and low in healthy micronutrients including vitamins and minerals. Parents have a unique opportunity to positively influence the children in their care by making healthy and nutritious life choices. 

Helping children develop healthy eating habits that promote wellness can be challenging. However, parents and families can be positive role models by following a few simple steps.

Lead by Example 

You are their biggest role model. Practice what you preach. If you eat well, they will too. Limit consumption of sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages. Limit eating out at restaurants especially fast food restaurants. It's a trap!

Start at a Young Age

Become familiar with basic nutrition and food groups. Introduce your baby to various food options. Encourage your child to try new foods. Balance the nutrients of food groups.

Food Groups

Grains-Whole grains are the best!

Vegetables-Eat a variety. Vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. 

Fruits- Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Therefore, choose a fresh colorful arrangement.

Milk or cheese- Rich in calcium and protein. 

Meat and beans- Includes nuts and seeds (beware of food allergies).

Be Physically Active

Limit television and screen time and enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. Parents, your attitudes make a big difference. Playing outdoors, bike riding, hiking or even going out for a walk are great experiences for your little one. Spend time interacting, reading books and playtime rather than watching television, playing computer games and snacking on unhealthy foods.

Cook Together
Focus on the meal and each other. Cooking together encourages future independent cooking skills. Cooking together is an opportunity is a moment for children to explore their creativity and self-expression. Consider it an exciting learning opportunity and an engaging activity with the goal of providing healthy meals and snacks. If your child help prepare the food, he will definitely eat what he prepared. 
Eat Together

Eating as a family sends a positive message about healthy food choices. Children will see and do. Basically they will see parents eating healthy foods and are more inclined to try it too. Eat fruits and veggies and your child will too!  Introduce as many fresh choices as possible.  Eat with moderation- eating when hungry and limiting snacks. Introduce appropriate portion sizes based on your child's age. Limit fats, oils and sugars. Develop variety in food preferences. Sharing family meals gives children a consistent message.

Talk Together

Talk about fun and happy things. Talk to children about their food choices before, during and after their meals. Talking together promote their thinking, cognitive and early literacy skills.  The kitchen is your new classroom. Ask questions and make comments to promote thinking. Learn math skills at an early age with measurements, talk about colors, taste, smells, flavors and textures. What an amazing engaging curriculum! 




  • Posted on by Marie

    I have a 3 year old and have limited screen time to allow him to be more creative. He is vey good at occupying his time and interacting with family. This also allows us to interact with him more and it’s been proven successful. My Goal is to go screen free in the future. Great info!

  • Posted on by Jess

    Thank you for this article, very insightful!

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