Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have been associated with overall better health and lower life insurance premiums. However, a number of children aren't getting the proper amount of the aforementioned food groups.
The American Heart Association has tips for getting children to eat more vegetables and fruits. One of the key components to the advice from the AHA is to make the experience fun. From picking the food to preparation and consumption, kids are more likely to stick to a process they enjoy.
Furthermore, the AHA says eating right should be a family activity. Eating dinner together presents two important opportunities. First, the sitting together at the table provides the perfect setting to discuss proper habits.
Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that eating dinner together allows parents to be good role models for their children. Rather than simply saying it's important to eat a balanced diet, families can engage in the activity together.
For some children, making food appear more desirable is key to getting them to try something new. Parents can try cutting carrots into sticks and serving them with peanut butter, for example.