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Health Tip: Have a Happy Family Meal
Skip the 'clean plate club' rule
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- The rules of the dinner table are changing, including the standard "clean plate rule." A positive, happy family dinner table should encourage kids to acknowledge their body's cues, including hunger and fullness.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests:

  • Offer a variety of nutritious foods and let the child decide what to try and how much to eat.
  • Encourage children of all ages to help with dinner preparation.
  • Parents should eat a variety of nutritious foods to set a good example.
  • Encourage kids to try new foods. Discuss foods that each family member likes and dislikes.
  • Let your child determine when he or has had enough to eat.
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