The Web site MyPyramid for Preschoolers at MyPyramid.gov is designed specifically for parents and caregivers to provide individualized nutrition guidance to meet the needs of preschoolers 2 to 5 years of age.
"This a great tool for all parents of preschoolers but particularly those of finicky eaters," Brian Wansink, director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, said in a statement. "It's loaded with great ideas and suggestions for families so they can help their kids eat a more varied and nutritious diet."
The Web site recommends to:
-- Set reasonable limits for the start and end of a meal. When you see that your child is no longer interested in the meal, excuse him or her from the table.
-- Encourage your child to try new foods, but don't force a child to eat.
-- Talk about fun and happy things. Try to make meal time a stress-free time.
-- Encourage a preschooler to help prepare meals and snacks.
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