Friday, November 18, 2011

Health Tips for November 18

Health Tip: Help Your Child Create a Healthy Body Image

A healthy body image can help a child grow into a healthy, confident adult. And parents play a big role in fostering their child's self-esteem.

The website offers these suggestions for boosting your child's self-image:

  • Discuss with your child the fact that weight gain, especially during puberty, can be a normal and healthy part of development.
  • Don't speak negatively about weight, food, body shape and size.
  • Encourage your child to make personal decisions about food, but offer a variety of healthy options.
  • Praise and compliment your child for things he or she has accomplished.
  • Limit your child's television time, and when it is on, watch together to encourage discussion about images in the media.
  • Be active in your child's school, promoting policies that protect against discrimination, bullying and a healthy approach toward weight.
  • Communicate openly with your child.

Health Tip: Dealing With a Picky Eater

It may be difficult to ensure that a finicky toddler is getting all necessary nutrients. Experts say parents should be persistent in offering a variety of healthy foods.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for parents of picky eaters:

  • Add nonfat dry milk to soup, or sneak grated veggies into homemade muffins, breads or lasagna.
  • Serve your child's favorite foods along with things that have been refused before.
  • Let your child help prepare meals.
  • Make sure food is visually appealing with unique shapes.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods yourself to set a good example for your child.
  • Schedule regular family meals together.

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