-- Alan Mozes
TUESDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- With summer vacation
fast-approaching, parents should take an active role in promoting
routine healthy eating among their kids, advises the American
Dietetic Association (ADA).
To that end, the ADA is offering some practical tips to help
parents whip up healthy meals that kids will enjoy, all the while
promoting a learning environment that encourages a youthful
appreciation for eating well.
"For many families, the summer break can lead to a disruption of the normal routine and a diversion from the eating habits established during the school year," registered dietitian Katie Brown, the ADA Foundation's national education director, noted in an association news release.
It's important to ensure everyone "is eating the foods they need
when they need them," she explained.
To help parents achieve that goal, the ADA has fashioned a
website entitled "Kids Eat Right." It is designed as a one-stop
shop for weekly nutritional updates (in the form of articles,
videos, recipes, eating tips) to promote the fundamentals of
One of the best ways to help your kids eat right is to involve
them in every step of the process, registered dietitian and
American Dietetic Association spokesperson Amy Jamieson-Petonic
said in the news release.
This includes involving children in both the shopping and
cooking process leading to a communal family dinner. Parents should
also encourage -- and, if necessary, organize -- daily physical
activity and outdoor fun, according to the association.
"Your kids should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week," noted Jamieson-Petonic. "So don't let them spend the summer sitting on the couch."
For more on the American Dietetic Association's tips, visit
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