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August is Kids Eat Right Month!!!

This August is the Sixth Annual Kids Eat Right Month being celebrated. During this time the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation concentrate on the significance of healthy eating and active lifestyles for children and their families. Getting kids to eat healthy can usually be a challenge, particularly if they are picky eaters. But specialists say that a conversation can help.

In order to not stray away from the goal, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging families to take the following steps: Shop Smart, Cook Healthy, Eat Right, Healthy Habits, and Moving Around.

The annual Kids Eat Right campaign is also an opportunity to get children excited about what's on their plate. To make the experience more fun, allow your kids to go shopping with you and have them help you select colorful fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market or local grocery store. This then begins the process of bringing your family together in the kitchen to prepare a meal and eat as a family whenever possible. These are all great ways to incorporate healthy habits into your daily family routine. According to registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson in Baton Rouge Kristen Gradney, research shows that families who regularly dine together are more likely to eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber and are less likely to eat fried foods.

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