Take this short quiz to find out how your child’s eating habits compare to current recommendations.
1. How many servings of whole grain bread, cereal, rice, or pasta does your child eat per day?
A. 3 or more
2. How many servings of fruits and vegetables does your child eat per day?
A. 5 or more
3. How many servings of low- or fat-free milk, cheese, or yogurt does your child eat per day?
4. How many servings of meat, poultry, fish, or beans does your child eat per day? (Hint: Three servings of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.)
5. How much juice, soda, or other sugar-sweetened beverages does your child drink per day?
B. 2/3 cup or less
C. More than 2/3 cup
6. How much time does your child spend each day being active?
A. 60 minutes or more
B. 30-60 minutes
C. Less than 30 minutes
7. How often does your child skip breakfast?
A. Almost never
B. 1-2 times per week
C. More than two times per week
If you scored mostly:
A’s: Keep up the good work! Try sharing your healthy habits with family and friends.
B’s: You’re almost there! Fine-tune your kid’s eating habits by reading the tips below.
C’s: Work on the basics of healthy eating by reading the tips below.
The three keys to promoting healthy growth and development are moderation, balance, and variety. If your kid didn’t score all A’s, don’t fret. Here are some simple tips that will help your child earn straight A’s:
Promote positive food habits early, and remember that it’s all about moderation, balance, and variety. The learn more on earning all As in your child’s diet and to make sure your child gets all the nutrients he or she needs see, Where to Find the Fiber, Fruits and Vegetables, The Calcium Connection, Parents: Facing Fat Facts, Rethink that Drink, Fitness and Wellness and How to Get Your Tween or Teen to Eat Breakfast.
Parents, it’s time to see if you make the grade. Test your knowledge of healthy eating by answering the following questions.
True or False:
1. Getting enough calcium rich foods during childhood is important in preventing bone problems like osteoporosis later in life.
2. Foods that contain fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.
Educator Tip: Incorporate this quiz into a nutrition lesson plan for parents or kids.