(HealthDay News) -- You shouldn't try to force children to eat healthy, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Pressure won't work.
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But the academy says there are things you can do to help achieve the same goal. Here are its suggestions:
- Adhere to structured, scheduled family meals and snacks with your child where you sit down together to eat.
- Be a good role model by eating healthy foods and practicing healthy eating habits.
- Eat plenty of vegetables, serve them in different ways and tell your child how much you enjoy them.
- Turn off the TV and put away cell phones while you eat.
- Set clear expectations for manners and behaviors at the table, but be realistic about what children can manage.
-- Diana Kohnle
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