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Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids

Childhood obesity is on the rise, but it can be avoided. Test your knowledge of kids' nutrition with this quiz.

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Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

By what age should you focus on healthful eating habits?

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The correct answer is: The American Heart Association urges parents to focus on healthful eating habits in kids as young as 2 years old.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which meal is the most important for children?

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The correct answer is: Make breakfast a priority. In addition to giving him the energy he needs to start each day, a morning meal offers health and development benefits that will extend into adulthood.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How much fiber should one serving of a child's breakfast cereal have?

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The correct answer is: Ideally, children's cereal should provide at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these traditional breakfast foods is best for your child?

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The correct answer is: A bowl of oatmeal is an ideal breakfast food for your child. Research shows that eating oatmeal for breakfast can aid memory and attention span.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Establishing healthy eating habits at a young age can reduce lifetime risk for which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Establishing healthy eating habits when they're young can reduce children's risk of several life-threatening health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer and osteoporosis.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: The best way to encourage your children to eat well is to eat well yourself.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research shows that kids tend to imitate their parents' behavior and continue to do so throughout adulthood. If your child sees you eating well, staying physically active and leading an overall healthy lifestyle, they're likely to follow your positive example.

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True or false: One of the easiest ways to help your child maintain a healthy weight is to eat dinner at the table.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research shows that having family dinner around the table more than twice a week can positively influence a child's waist size, eating behavior, school achievement and overall psychological development.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Adults and kids who eat while watching television tend to eat fewer calories than people who eat around a table.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Kids (and adults) eat much more, on average, in front of the TV than when they're sitting at the table. When you concentrate on eating, you can pay better attention to your body's signals that you're full.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these, when added to a smoothie, increases your child's intake of healthy omega-3 fatty acids?

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The correct answer is: A splash of flaxseed oil in your child's smoothie will add a heart-healthy boost of omega-3 fatty acids. Best part: It's tasteless, so they won't even know.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Multivitamins are not safe for children and should be avoided.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Multivitamins are an insurance policy against an imperfect diet — a particularly important thing in young children or those with picky palates. Multivitamins are perfectly safe for children , too — as long as you read the label and understand dosing. For some younger children, the manufacturer may only recommend half a pill.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Children should not eat a low-fat diet.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While parents may choose to eat a low-fat diet, kids shouldn't — they need healthy fats for brain development. Healthy fat foods include fish, whole grain breads and olive oil.

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True or false: Adolescents who diet are more likely to be thin when they are older.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Recent studies suggest frequent dieting among adolescents is not only ineffective, but it also may promote weight gain. If your child is trying to lose weight, encourage a healthy approach — more exercise, healthier foods — rather than restrictive dieting.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What size bowl should your child eat cereal from?

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The correct answer is: When it comes to how much your child eats, size matters. Research has found that kids will eat twice as much cereal when using a 16-ounce bowl versus when they use an 8-ounce one. The same applies to plates: More acreage on the plate means more space to put extra food. Give your child a 9-inch plate for meals.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a healthy source of protein for children?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Healthy sources of protein include canned or fresh tuna, eggs, turkey, chicken breast, beef and salmon.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a good source of fiber for children?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You don't have to stick to whole-wheat bread to get your child's fiber. A wide variety of foods are high in fiber, including beans and lentils, raspberries, broccoli, green peas, apples, sweet potatoes and nuts.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How many "introductions" to a new food does it take to get a child to try — and like — a new food?

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The correct answer is: It can take 10 to 15 "introductions" for kids to try — and like — a new food. Even if your child doesn't try something the first time, keep reintroducing it.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How much salt does the average teen eat in a day?

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The correct answer is: Teenagers consume more salt than any other age group. On average, a teenager will eat at least 3,800 milligrams of sodium a day — that's more than double the recommended daily amount of 1,500 milligrams.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods is the largest contributor of sodium in a teen's diet?

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The correct answer is: The single largest source of sodium in teen diets is pizza. Cutting back on salt now will cut your teens’ risk for high blood pressure later by 63 percent.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: When eating out, your child should only order from the kids' menu as the portions are correct for a child.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Encourage your kid to look beyond the kids' menu to healthier options. A restaurant's kids' menu usually offers little more than deep-fried and nutrient-poor foods.

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True or false: You should not feed your child fast food because none of it is nutritionally adequate or healthy enough to be eaten.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You can eat at a fast-food restaurant and still feed your child properly. The thing to look for is what's missing from a meal. Help your child get a serving of fruit by replacing French fries with a side of apple slices. Or encourage your child to drink milk or water instead of sweetened tea or soda.

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