Smart Holiday Eating: A 10-Point Healthy Eating Plan for School-Age Children and their families

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Holiday eating can pose a big problem for American families with school-age children. With the wider selection of foods, larger portions and more opportunity to eat during the Holidays, helping children not overeat and exercise good eating habits can be a tremendous challenge.

With families and, especially children, celebrating the month-long holiday season now through Christmas and New Year, poor eating habits can quickly become an unwanted part of family life. What better time than the holidays to make healthy eating a family affair?

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is offering a 10-point family eating plan, which focuses on the dietary habits of the school-age children and their families during the Holiday Season.

Bonus Tip: Do not starve yourself or let your family go without eating all day and then sit down to a huge meal where overeating is the result!

Here are a few of the 10 Holiday Eating Tips from members of AAFCS:

1.    Parents should be a positive role model

a. limit portion sizes—do sample all the Holiday meal and trimmings, but in small portions

b. cook with less fat

2.    Get active

a. plan family activities to get everyone moving

b. encourage fun activities with friends

3.    Make eating an activity in itself

a. don't eat while watching TV or riding in car

b. sit down in the kitchen/dining room as a family

c. involve kids in menu choices, prep, and clean up

For the complete list of Holiday Eating Tips, please visit:

About AAFCS and Obtaining Quotes/Interviews

Founded in 1909, AAFCS is the only not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. AAFCS’ more than 10,000 members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators, cooperative extension educators, and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government.

These professionals develop, integrate, and provide practical knowledge about life skills— dietetics and nutrition, financial literacy; child care and parenting; conflict resolution; consumer education; safe and secure housing and environment; and apparel and textiles. For complete results and Quotes, please contact Linda Wilson using the contact information at the end of this release. Interviews with AAFCS teachers may be arranged through Linda Wilson or her staff.

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Media Contact:

Linda Wilson

Division Director




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