Child and Adult Care Food Program

Promoting Health

The foods children eat now can influence their future health. You can help children to enjoy eating healthful foods by offering a variety of choices throughout the day. It is important to remember that what is healthy eating for you as an adult is not necessarily ideal for the children in your care. Children need the same nutrients that adults need, but they need them in very different amounts.

When discussing health promotion with children we want to teach good nutritional eating habits that prevent disease later in life such as moderate fat intake, high fiber intake, and low sodium intake. There are models to use as guidelines such as the 5 A Day Program.

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