Summer Break Eating Habits For Kids

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(KTVI) – It's summer break, kids are out of school and they're in and out of the kitchen and the fridge. How often do you hear "I’m hungry"?

Food and nutrition expert Jen McDaniel spoke with Randi Naughton about ways moms and dad can get through the summer eating frenzy.

The idea is to keep their body and brain healthy this summer. She discusses the 3 "E"s of healthy summer eating:

1) Empower: Get them involved in the process: letting your child be responsible for age-appropriate eating tasks teaches them valuable life skills

2) Equip: Equip your child with healthy options in the home. Your child will most likely be peeking into the kitchen cupboards more now that they are home, have healthy snacks available and ready for them

3) Engage: Engage them in the meal planning, grocery shopping & cooking process to keep their minds sharp.  "Students who do not participate in enrichment & learning activities over the summer can lose roughly 22% of the knowledge & skills they gained during the previous school year." The kitchen can be one of the best classrooms for teaching math, science, language, social skills, health, & small/large muscle control for kids.

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