One-third of American children are either overweight or obese, signaling a disconnect in their relationship with food.

As a parent, you can teach your child to eat a healthful organic diet, but lecturing is not the way to go.

Here are some tips from James O. Hill, PhD, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, an adviser on obesity to the National Institutes of Health and coauthor of The Step Diet.

  1. Model good behavior. Practice eating until you’re satisfied—not full. Over time, this will become a family habit.
  2. Talk to your kids about wholesome ingredients. Involve them as much as possible in making dinner or breakfast. Kids are often eager to help, and they’re more likely to eat food they’ve prepared.
  3. Encourage your kids to help with meal planning. Take them shopping, and encourage their creativity. Children feel proud when they learn a life skill and understand the benefits of good nutrition.
  4. Move! Become more active, and encourage your children to make moving a habit. Find activities the whole family can enjoy.

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