The Ultimate Kids and Healthy Eating Quiz

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The Ultimate Kids and Healthy Eating Quiz
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About This Quiz

Eating healthy is essential for your child's physical and intellectual health. In today's world, with a high prevalence of childhood obesity and related health complications, it is even more important to educate your child about healthy eating habits. Take this quiz and learn how you can promote healthy eating for your child.
Your child's ____________ skills are fostered when your child helps in the kitchen.
math
reading
both of the above
Helping out in the kitchen is both fun and educational for children. Foster your child's math skills by learning about measurements and foster your child's reading skills by reading recipe instructions.

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Which of the following is an unhealthy source of milk?
chocolate flavored milk
strawberry flavored milk
neither of the above
It is essential that children get their daily milk requirements. It really doesn't matter if the milk is chocolate or strawberry flavored.

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Children who drink milk daily have higher levels of:
vitamin A and calcium
phosphorus and magnesium
both of the above
Children who drink the recommended daily intake of milk have higher levels of vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium compared to children who don't drink milk regularly.

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Children who drink milk daily have a lower risk of developing:
obesity
Children who drink the recommended daily intake of milk have a lower body mass index compared to children who don't drink milk. Children who drink milk are also at decreased risk of developing obesity and other health complications later in life.
cardiovascular disease
both of the above

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What is the recommended daily intake of dairy for children?
one serving
two servings
three servings
Children should consume three servings of low-fat or fat free dairy a day. One serving of dairy is equal to eight ounces of milk, two ounces of cheese or a cup of yogurt.

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What is the preferred nutritional source of dairy intake?
milk
Milk is the preferred dairy product, because it's a good source of calcium and other vital nutrients.
yogurt
cheese

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Besides dairy products, what is another source of calcium?
green leafy vegetables
If your child does not drink milk, your child should get his or her calcium from other food sources, such as green leafy vegetables.
whole grains
both of the above

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How can you promote healthy eating in your household?
Create a garden in your backyard.
Encourage your kids to help in the kitchen.
both of the above
Get your kids involved with food preparation and educate them about where food comes from. Your kids are more likely to eat healthy if they feel invested in it.

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Encourage healthy eating in your household by:
preparing one family meal
Feed your kids like you feed yourself. Prepare one, healthy meal for the entire family and don't resort to being a short order cook.
catering to individual eating habits
keeping a lot of different snacks in the house

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What food ingredient should you ban from your home?
high fructose corn syrup
partially hydrogenated oil
both of the above
Clear out your pantry and fridge and ban any food product that contains high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oil. Both of these ingredients contribute to obesity and health complications later in life.

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Sugary snacks leads to:
acne
fatigue
both of the above
Educate your older children about the hazards of eating sugary snacks. Sugary snacks leads to weight gain, acne, fatigue, rotting teeth and poor concentration.

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What is an especially unhealthy substitute for water with children?
fruit juice
sports drinks
Sports drinks typically contain high fructose corn syrup, which is difficult for a child to digest properly.
tea

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Children who consistently eat dinner with their families have:
lower rates of drug use
better communication with their parents
both of the above
Healthy eating is not the only goal for family dinner time. Children who eat with their families are at decreased risk of drug use and have better communication with their parents.

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How can you keep your child interested in healthy eating?
Spice it up with different healthy ingredients.
Experiment with new recipes.
both of the above
Most kids stick to the staples – peas, corn and carrots. Steer away from the ordinary and try new and exotic healthy ingredients. Experiment with new recipes that your child may like.

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Organic foods typically contain:
more nutrients
less pesticides and herbicides
both of the above
Once your family has made a successful transition to healthier foods, start buying organic products. Organic food is generally more nutritious and contains less pesticides and herbicides compared to non-organic food.

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