By: Susan M. Jackson, K-state Research and Extension
The summer season is almost over and school classrooms will soon be buzzing with teachers and kids to get the new school year started.
To help kids have a healthier school day, parents can play an active role in trying new foods at school and home. Here are some tips to help this happen:
*Make time to join your child for lunch in the school cafeteria.
*When your child gets home from school, ask what she/he ate for lunch.
*Eat meals with your child as much as you can and let your child see you eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
*Grocery shop with your child. Talk about where vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and meat come from.
*Try new foods and describe how they smell, feel and taste. Offer one new food at a time and serve something your child likes with that new food.