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Healthy Diets Overview

Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught to children at a young age. The following are some general guidelines for helping your child eat healthy. It is important to discuss your child's diet with your child's physician prior to making any dietary changes or placing your child on a diet.

Making healthy food choices:

The food guide pyramid is a good guideline to help you and your child eat a heart healthy diet. The Food Guide Pyramid can help you and your child eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right amount of calories and fat.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of Health and Human Services have prepared the following "food pyramids" to guide parents in selecting foods for children 2 to 6 years of age, and for children over age 6.

Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children, USDA
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The pyramid below applies to anyone 6 years of age to adulthood. However, remember that a serving size for a 6-year-old is going to be much smaller than an adult serving size. Do not attempt to make small children eat adult-sized portions in order to comply with this pyramid. Also, when a range of serving numbers is given (such as 6 to 11 servings of bread, rice, or pasta), it is more appropriate to ensure a 6-year-old has the lesser of the two amounts (6 servings rather than 11).

Food Guide Pyramid for Adults, USDA
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