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Third Graders Learn About Eating Well & Making Smart Choices at Stop & Shop

January 07, 2016
By SSLI Communications

 

 

 

Third Graders Learn About Eating Well & Making Smart Choices at Stop & Shop

 

Students start New Year learning to eat well & make smart choices at Stop & Shop with a Winthrop-  University Hospital Dietician.

Arlene Putterman, Manager of Public and Community Relations for Stop & Shop‘s New York Metro Division (left), looks on as Arlene Stein, MS, RD, CDN, a Registered Dietitian from the Division of Gastroenterology at Winthrop - University Hospital, discusses the importance of making smart food choices and eating well with third graders from The Schechter School of Long Island, during their visit to the Carle Place Stop & Shop.

 

Third graders from The Schechter School of Long Island visited the Carle Place Stop & Shop to learn about making healthy choices in their diet. The youngsters walked the aisles with Arlene Stein, MS, RD, CDN, a Registered Dietitian from the Division of Gastroenterology at Winthrop-University Hospital and learned about the smart choices they can make on a daily basis.

Stop & Shop’s Arlene Putterman, who hosted the visit says, “Healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. While peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem impossible, by encouraging healthy eating habits now, we can make a huge impact on a child’s lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.”
 
According to Stein, “Moderation and education are the keys to healthy diet. It is difficult to control a child’s intake of cookies, salty snacks and other junk foods that they are attracted to, but this needs to be done in moderation, and parents need to teach children how to eat responsibly and how to make wise choices about their diets, which will impact their long-term health.”
 

Stein’s Advice:

 Focus on overall diet rather than specific foods. To promote a lifelong healthy relationship with food, kids should be eating whole, minimally processed, nutritious food—food that is as close to its natural form as possible.
 

 Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting and enhances appetite.

 Cook more meals at home. Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family. It sets a great example for kids about the importance of food. Restaurant and takeout meals tend to have a lot more unhealthy fat, sugar, and salt so cooking at home can have a huge impact on a child’s health.

 Get kids involved. Children enjoy helping adults to shop for groceries, selecting what goes in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It’s also a chance to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and for older children how to read food labels.

 Make a variety of healthy snacks available instead of empty calorie snacks. Keep plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty calorie snacks like soda, chips, or cookies.

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