More than 12.5 million children in the U.S. are overweight. The number continues to rise and puts children at risk for serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. It can damage their health and vitality and overweight children may also suffer from low self-esteem and depression.
Children can develop healthy eating habits at a young age which can help create healthy eating habits for life. Involving children in food preparation engages them in the cooking process and introduces them to new foods. It can be a fun and tasty adventure while exploring new foods through their senses. They can touch it, see it and taste it and then it is no longer a new, unfamiliar food. Kids that are exposed to healthy foods in the kitchen are more likely to eat those foods.
You don’t need to prepare involved recipes for this to be successful. Just a few tasks for the child are all that is needed. Some of these tasks are age and skill-dependent so be realistic about how much your child can do. In reality, they’ll be happy just spending time with you.
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