Media Influence on Nutrition and Health

With roughly 40% of advertising targeted to children on unhealthy foods the media has a strong influence on our children’s eating habits and choices.

Check out the links below with all the great information and resources:

Growing up Healthy, Nemours Children Health Foundation:

https://www.nemours.org/services/health/growuphealthy.html

First 5 Marin: http://first5marin.org/children-families-first/

How food ads sway preschoolers' eating habits:

https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/health/food-ads-kids-preschool/index.html

Public Health Law Center:

https://publichealthlawcenter.org/topics/healthy-eating/food-marketing-kids

Social Media May Sway Kids To Eat More Cookies - And More Calories:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/03/04/699588187/social-media-may-sway-kids-to-eat-more-cookies-and-more-calories

Here are some suggestion, tips and recommendation:

  • It is important that children learn healthy eating habits from parents, caregivers and teachers.

  • Model healthy eating habits around children.

  • Teach children the importance of eating healthy.

  • Have children try new food, cook and help pick out foods to encourage greater interaction and learning.

  • Have children eat the food that adults eat during meal times.

  • Limit media use for children.

  • Make sure children are well hydrated to help curb false hunger signals.

Additional Resources:

  • Color Me Healthy

  • My Plate-USDA

  • Let’s Move

  • Food for Thought

  • Growing up Healthy Nemours Children Health Foundation

  • Harvest of the Month- CAFF

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