Healthy nutrition by example

September 12, 2008

A new study presented in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows that children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables is closely tied with how much produce their parents are eating.

“We have always known that parents have a tremendous influence on their children, particularly concerning what they eat,” Elizabeth Pivonka, president and chief executive officer of Wilmington, Del.-based Produce for Better Health Foundation, said in a news release. “This study demonstrates that this influence extends from just making fruits and vegetables available for their children to modeling a healthy diet.”

The study found that, on average, parents who had increased their own produce consumption, found their children’s intake had increased a corresponding amount, according to the study.

The same is true of sweet and salty high-calorie foods, according to the release.

The study, conducted in rural southeastern Missouri from 2001 to 2006, included 1,306 parents of young children, according to the release.


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