Resources for Raising a Healthy Eater

raising-healthy-eatersA recent UF IFAS study shows that nudges may help children pick a healthier school lunch. As a parent or caregiver, you can provide helpful nudges at home to establish healthy eating patterns and encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption. Below are some resources to help.

For this month’s Wellness Wednesday titled Raising a Healthy Eater, Linda Bobroff, professor in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, focused on what parents and caregivers can do to increase the odds that feeding children will be a positive experience and support healthy development. Click here to watch a recording of her talk and learn more about the “Division of Responsibility in Feeding,” developed by Ellyn Satter, an internationally known authority on child nutrition and feeding. This approach promotes positive attitudes about food, appropriate self-regulation of food intake, and pleasant mealtimes for all.

Join Dr. Maya Adam, of Stanford Medicine, in a free, five-hour course through Coursera and examine contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family. Learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of easy home-cooked meals.

Discover ways to get your kids involved in healthy eating, cooking and food shopping. A recent IFAS study also demonstrated that gardening can boost kids’ diets. You can learn more about Florida fall gardening in raised beds by viewing the recording of this Wellness Wednesday presentation by IFAS extension agent Dr. Aparna Gazula.

Learn how to start a family garden using raised beds with Aparna Gazula with UF/ IFAS Alachua County Extension Service.