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Editor's e-Note
Turning Kids Into Healthy Eaters

If parents are having difficulty encouraging their young children to eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, suggest they inject some fun and excitement into the mix to change the course of family mealtimes.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, experts offer strategies parents can use that involve some creativity and ingenuity to make healthful eating exciting for kids.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at You’ll find the digital edition of the March issue, which includes our fifth-annual TD10 feature that showcases profiles of the top 10 RDs you helped nominate for the exceptional work they do each day. You’ll also find the latest news and information relevant and reliable to daily practice. We welcome your feedback at Enjoy the e-newsletter and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter!

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Making Healthful Eating Fun,
Exciting for Kids

By Katie Cavuto, MS, RD

Getting children to eat healthful foods and make healthful food choices starting at an early age is a key component in their development and long-term health. But inspiring young children to eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains each day can be a challenge for many parents.

The trick is to make healthful eating fun and exciting for kids so they’re more inclined to make nutritious food choices starting now and for the remainder of their lives. Today’s Dietitian spoke with some experts who have provided the following seven tips RDs can share with clients to encourage their kids to begin eating more healthfully for a lifetime.

1. Educate, educate. Encourage parents to explain to their school-age children why it’s important to eat a healthful meal, suggests Jill Castle, MS, RD, author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters From High Chair to High School. For instance, parents can use real-life examples by saying something like, “If you eat a healthful meal, you’ll have more energy for gym class and your favorite sport,” she says, adding that such an example makes it more personal for kids.

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Parents Can Help Kids With Hearty Appetites
As reported in USA TODAY, some kids may have heartier appetites than others due to genetic differences, according to two new British studies.

Markets in 'Food Deserts' No Quick Cure for Obesity
Six months after the opening of a new supermarket in Philadelphia, residents of the surrounding low-income neighborhood were not eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, nor were they less likely to be obese, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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AHA: Farm Bill a Mix of Wins, Losses for Nutrition

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 recently passed by Congress:

“The passage of the Farm Bill ... has been long-anticipated and the American Heart Association is pleased that Congress has come to an agreement on this important legislation. While it took two long years of negotiations and a lot of hard work, we wish the final bill was less of an alphabet soup of wins and losses for health and nutrition programs.

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