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February 7, 2023



How To: Encourage Your Child to Try and Taste New Healthy Food

By Lindsey Miller, Lauren Dawson, Megan Lott

It’s not just what we feed our kids that matters, but also how we handle feeding or eating that’s really important in establishing lifelong healthy habits for kids. Research shows that encouraging children to try new foods and helping kids learn to enjoy new foods is more effective than pressuring children to eat foods. This tip sheet is designed for parents and caregivers and provides practical strategies for encouraging children to try and taste new healthy food. The tip sheet includes ideas for non-food rewards and tips to limit food waste. More information on Healthy Eating Research’s Recommendations for Creating Healthy Eating Habits for Kids 2-8 can be found in the tip sheet.

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February 7, 2023