Based upon evidence, a number of desired behaviors were identified as critical to helping families foster healthy active living for their preschooler. For each desired behavior you can explore the evidence, learn what parents told us about these behaviors, identify opportunities to promote healthy beh​​aviors at the point of care, review how to start conversations and access messages and resources to support families. Also available to inform your counseling is the Onset and Patterns of Risk Behaviors for Preschoolers Timeline located above this section.

Healthy Bev​​​erages

  • Choose milk or water for you child's beverage.

​Healthy S​nacking

Offer 2 healthy and nutritious snacks as part of your daily routine.

​Picky Eati​ng

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Preschoolers should eat the same healthy meals as their family

Parent Pr​​​ovides, Child Decides

  • Offer healthy food in age-appropriate portions at meals and snacks.
  • Let child decide what and how much to eat.

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American Academy of Pediatrics