Kids and Food Connections

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Help kids connect food to what they value – what is important to them.

For example, if they are athletes concerned about doing well in sports, you can tell them about protein foods needed for  building and repairing tissues, enabling them to become better athletes.

If they are concerned about their hair, skin or general appearance, you can tell them about the fruits and vegetables that contain valuable antioxidants for help  in these area. Antioxidants are chemicals that reduce or prevent oxidation, thus preventing cell and tissue damage from free radicals in the body.

If they want to grow up to be big and strong, remember to tell them about Popeye and his love of spinach, which does have credence.

Children may not always listen to their parents but it is interesting to see how much information stays with them.

Keep offering nutritious foods and thinking healthy.

Lee Jackson, CFCS

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