Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels
(HealthDay News) -- Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips about children and food labels:
Before choosing a snack, encourage your child to check its label for calories and fat.
Have your child measure what he or she considers an appropriate serving size, then show the actual serving size.
Pre-portion your child's snack to the label's serving size.
In a supermarket, send your child to find healthy groceries by scanning nutrition labels.
Have your child pack his or her own lunch, keeping it under 600 calories.
Offer your child praise when the child reads food labels.
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