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Expert Tips for Healthy Kids from USA Today

How to get kids to eat better and exercise more

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Have you ever wished for a handbook on how to raise healthy and happy kids? Most of us, at one point or another, have looked for some kind of guidance on this topic, and it’s no wonder, with so many worrisome reports on childhood obesity!

A recent USA Today article compiled a list of 13 top tips from health and nutrition experts for raising healthy and active kids that may be just the thing you’re looking for. Here are 5 of our favorite healthy eating tips from the experts:

Plan healthy, tasty breakfasts. According to the experts, lean proteins, fresh fruit, whole grains, and low-fat dairy are good choices for breakfast. Check out the Kids LiveWell section of for choices at restaurants that fit the bill.

Discourage mindless munching. This is a good one for all of us. Encourage mindful eating away from distractions like the TV. Make eating in common eating areas, like the kitchen counter or dining table, the regular routine.

Get them involved. Kids like to make decisions and have a say. Inviting them to make fruit and veggie selections at the store and involving them in planning and preparing meals gives them the opportunity to do just that while learning how to make healthier choices on their own. Win, win!

Offer a nutritious starter course. Studies have shown again and again that starting meals with healthy choices, like salads, sliced fruits or veggies, or broth-based soups, can help us eat fewer calories during the meal. Why not use the same strategy for kids to help boost nutrition without added calories and fat?

Use smaller plates. We are such visual creatures! Studies have shown that the bigger the plate, the more we put on it and the more we eat. The same goes for kids. At home, opt for smaller, salad-sized plates to help prevent overeating.

How do you keep your kids active and healthy?

See all 13 tips for keeping kids healthy from USA Today here.

Find healthier Kids LiveWell and Healthy Dining menu choices that feature lean proteins, whole grains, lower-fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables. Our dietitians work closely with each restaurant to identify these choices to take the guesswork out of eating at restaurants with or without the kids. Here are just a few menu choices you can find when you search on

Pollo Asado Fajita Taco at Chronic Tacos

(390 calories, 14 g fat)

Located in Central and Southern CA

1/2 Plank Pizza: Roasted Vegetable Pizza (Serves 2) at Go Roma

(420 calories, 21 g fat)

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