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Healthy Eating

Family Meal Tips


Whether you have a toddler or a teen, here are five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:

  • Have regular family meals.
  • Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
  • Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
  • Avoid battles over food.
  • Involve kids in the process.


Eating well and being physically active are key to your child’s well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to overweight and related health problems that can follow children into their adult years. You can take an active role in helping your child—and your whole family—learn healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Eat Right

  • Eat Smart. Play Hard.
    Learn more about how you and your child can work together to eat better, be more physically active, and make smart choices.
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension – Eat Smart
  • Virginia Department of Health – Healthy Bites
  • Fruits & Veggies. More Matters
    Eating fruits & vegetables matter! Find out how why and how to each more of both with this engaging website.
  • Healthy Eating
    You and your child can watch these Sesame Street videos and talk about ways your family can stay healthy.
  • Kids in the Kitchen
    Find games, activities, and recipes to get your child in the kitchen helping the family make healthy eating choices.
  • What Color is Your Food? pdf
    Did you know that you and your family should eat a rainbow of fruits & vegetables every day?


  • Make It Quick and Easy
    Includes recipes, menus, menu planning tips, and ideas for healthy celebrations.
  • Fruits and Veggies Matter!
    Find recipes based on fruits and vegetables by selecting those you want to use.
  • KidsHealth Recipes
    Find recipes for families with all kinds of nutritional needs—including home alone recipes older children can do by themselves!
  • Healthy Cooking With Your Kids
    Stir up some fun by bringing your child into the kitchen and letting them help you create great meals that are healthy too.

Songs and Videos

Sing and dance to these catchy songs and videos about eating healthy.

Just For Kids

Just for Parents

Book Ideas

These webpage have great recommendations for books to read with your child about healthy eating, nutrition, and fruits and vegetables.