With the back-to-school season upon us, parents everywhere are thinking about how to ensure their kids are getting nutritious breakfasts to fuel their day and how to pack healthy lunches their kids will eat and enjoy.
It's no easy task but one that is incredibly important. Research has shown that healthy students are better learners. Students who eat healthy foods and get daily physical activity have fewer school absences, higher academic achievement, higher self-esteem, and fewer behavioral problems.
And what kids eat now also affects how they will eat later: Researchers at Newcastle University in England found that when it comes to eating and body weight, habits instilled in childhood persist into adulthood, regardless of later social influencers.
So, now is the time to instill a love of healthy eating in your kids that will serve them well their whole lives. Here are five ways to do it: