Picky Eaters No More!

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Updated: 9/27/2012 4:28 pm Published: 9/26/2012 3:33 pm

Hear "ugh" when you put peas in front of your little one's plate? Opening their mind to the endless possibilities of food without creating too much shock to the taste buds is key to a less picky eater. Becky Porter, licensed dietitian has ways to expose your little one to new food. "Adults may think of carrots, watermelon guacamole as common foods but children may be looking at many of these foods with fresh eyes," Porter said. "Just as you may be hesitant to try new cuisine or a new food that is not common in your region, your child sees many foods as “new”. Repeated exposure to new foods and freedom to experience them on their own time frame are the techniques that may help with food acceptance over time." Children like bright colors and fun shapes so showcasing the food using a cookie cutter or fun presentation techniques could catch their attention enough to try that new food. When a child is offered alternatives after they reject the original meal, it is likely to reinforce picky eating behaviors and encourage food struggles," she said. "Keep your cool, even if they choose to eat nothing. Remember they will have another chance to eat soon with the next snack or meal." You've heard it before "Eat your peas and carrots, and you can have dessert." Porter also says you should never offer dessert as a reward. "It gives the wrong message. It gives the impression that dessert is the better food or something to covet. Although dessert is not a necessity at a meal, it does not need to be given an honored status when it is served," Porter said.

The Tulsa Health Department is inviting everyone to the Grand Opening Celebration of the recently opened North Regional Health & Wellness Center, located at 5635 N. Cincinnati (56th Street North and Cincinnati).

The Grand Opening will be from 11am-3pm on Sept. 29. There, people can tour the new building, meet & greet the staff, find out about programs, and receive free wellness screenings. In addition, there will be lots of fun activities for the whole family including live music from Soul Revolution, free food, Zumba, inflatable games, a Mascot dance-off and more. For more information call (918) 582-WELL (9355).

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