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Adventures in Eating

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Feeding young children is an adventure. Sometimes it' easy and sometimes it's... more challenging. If your child is a "selective" or "picky" eater, you may find feeding children to be a challenge. Between the ages of 2 and 6, many children do not like to try new foods. This is normal and children become more willing to try foods as they get older. Keep these short messages in mind:

Let go a little to gain a lot 

It's natural to worry about a preschooler's eating habits. Offer healthy foods and allow kids to choose from them. They'll be more likely to enjoy meal time and eat enough, so everyone's happier.

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

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Here's a fun piece of trivia for your family. Did you know that you have about 10,000 taste buds in your mouth? Give them a treat by mixing things up and trying some new foods. March is National Nutrition Month® and a great time to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!"

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Kids have more taste buds than adults, so food may taste stronger to them.

Here are some ideas and recipes to try:

Let's Move: Ideas for Winter Activity

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boy and snow.jpgBrrrrrr, it has been a cold winter! It is hard to get children outside to play when it is so cold. Children can still be active, even if they are inside. Here are a few easy ideas to help children stay active during the cold weather.

 

At Home

Act out a story. Read a book together and act out the actions.

Create an indoor obstacle course. Use pillows, boxes, balls, hula-hoops, and other objects to create an obstacle course. Time older children and see if they can beat their time. Let children create a new obstacle course every day!

 

Simply Good Cooking

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Extension educators developed the Simply Good Cooking (SGC) curriculum with participants' preferences in mind.

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The Simply Good Cooking curriculum embraces hands-on activities and interactive learning theory.

Health and Nutrition programming reaches audiences that are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). We listened to them when they said they preferred to learn about nutrition through hands-on cooking in a fun, social, and interactive setting. And we developed and piloted a curriculum with over 20 lesson choices to meet their needs.

Food Marketing to Children

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Be aware of the food marketing targeted at your child.

"But Daddy, I need to have this sparkling star cereal. The princess on the box it is pretty and I saw on television it comes with a glow-in-the-dark ring. Please, Daddy, please!" If you go grocery shopping with children, this has probably happened to you. Children's begging for a food is often a result of food marketing to children.

Food marketing can take on many forms. Some of the more common forms include catchy jingles and fast paced television commercials, the use of licensed cartoon characters, such as Dora, on food packages, food companies having their own spokes-character such as the Trix Bunny or Captain Crunch and eye-catching food packages.

Technology is often used in newer marketing efforts.

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