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New Food Pyramid Is Aimed at Kids

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

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A new government food pyramid aimed at preschoolers may help their parents deal with picky eating problems. The MyPyramid for Preschoolers interactive Web site offers individualized nutrition guidance to meet the needs of children aged two to five.

“This is a great tool for all parents of preschoolers but particularly those of finicky eaters. It’s loaded with great ideas and suggestions for families so they can help their kids eat a more varied and nutritious diet. What I find most useful is how to talk with kids about what to eat and tips on how to have fun with food around the dinner table,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion executive director Brian Wansink said in an USDA news release.

Some of the tips featured on the site include ways parents can deal with picky eaters. Those tips include the following:

  • Set reasonable limits for the start and end of a meal. When you see your child is no longer interested in the meal, excuse the child from the table.
  • Encourage your child to try new foods, but don’t lecture or force your child to eat.
  • Talk about fun and happy things as part of an overall effort to make mealtimes stress-free.
  • Cook together. Encourage preschoolers to help you prepare meals and snacks.

“In addition to the broad spectrum of topic areas covered on this site, are the interactive components, including a customized MyPyramid Plan that can be printed and posted on the refrigerator door,” Wansink said.

More Information: MyPyramid for Preschoolers (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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