Eating habits

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important job in shaping your children’s eating habits. You have a role in deciding where meals and snacks are served and what foods to offer your children. Positive experiences with food will help your children develop healthy eating habits.  

Having regular meals and snacks at similar times every day creates a healthy routine. If your children eat throughout the day, they may not be hungry when it’s time for a mEnjoy Veggies & Fruit with every meal and snack!eal or snack.

Family meals can be an opportunity to provide positive role modeling and allow you to lead by example. Children learn from watching adults. By seeing you eat vegetables and fruit your children are more likely to do the same.




Children who eat meals with their family with no pressure  or distractions such as TVs, computers and phones  tend to have healthier eating habits.


Video resource: Eat together role modeling from Raising our healthy kids


 Build a healthy meal: use the Eat Well Plate Picky Eaters, Eastern HealthFeeding your Child , Eastern Health 


Planning to enjoy vegetables and fruit helps to improve your eating habits. For example:

  • Check grocery store flyers.
  • Plan meals and snacks including vegetables and fruit for the week with your family.
  • Make a shopping list for what you need to buy.
  • Look for sales within the store.
  • Buy fresh produce in season.
  • Buy frozen and canned vegetables and fruit to maintain a well-stocked freezer and pantry.
  • Look for "no name" or store brands; these usually cost less and have the same quality as more expensive brands.



 As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in shaping your children’s eating habits.