One of the biggest challenges parents face is getting their children to consume healthy meals and snacks. The American Dietetic Association has designated March as National Nutrition Month. This year's theme, "Eat Right with Color," encourages parents to make sure their children are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.
A lot of attention has been focused on the childhood obesity epidemic, but even children of normal weight can have poor nutrition habits. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently reported that the diets of children, teens and adults are deficient in dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium. Whole grains, fruits and vegetable are all excellent sources of dietary fiber and vitamins. Dairy products provide calcium, and liquid milk is often fortified with Vitamin D.
To ensure family members are getting all the nutrients that need for good health, parents should include a variety of foods and colors in every meal. These tips can help all family members to "Eat Right with Color":
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture