VANCOUVER, Wash. – Do you have little ones in your family who are finicky eaters? Do mealtimes often turn into battles that begin with kiddos taking negotiated bites, and end with parents holding up a white flag and surrendering in complete exhaustion?
If this scenario sounds all-too familiar, help is on the way.
Two of PeaceHealth’s experienced nutrition experts hope to take some of the stress and frustration out of planning meals and packing lunches and snacks by empowering adults with tips and strategies that can be used to persuade youngsters — from toddlers to teens — to eat healthier.
PeaceHealth Registered Dietitians Jendy Newman and Tok-Hui Yeap will lead a free, one-hour webinar — open to all in the community — Wednesday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. PT.
During the event, “Picky Eaters: 6 Strategies for Helping Kids Eat Healthy,” Newman and Yeap will cover a variety of topics including how adults can model good nutrition and put helpful mealtime routines in place. In addition, they’ll offer tips for success, and details about how and when to access additional help and resources. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
“It is a great opportunity to promote a positive parent–child feeding relationship that will benefit not only improved nutrition for years to come, but also improved parent-child trust and problem-solving skills that can improve family life overall,” said Newman.
“It’s important to teach young kids healthy eating because it provides them a strong foundation for a healthy body and mind that lasts a lifetime,” added Yeap.
To register for the live webinar or to receive a recording of the event to watch later, visit PeaceHealth’s Healthy You website at www.peacehealth.org/healthy-you/picky-eaters-webinar.
About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.