March is National Nutrition Month. Professor, Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health talks about what healthy eating habits are, what parents can do to encourage their kids to have healthy eating habits and more in a release sent to media outlets across the state.
Dr. Neumark-Sztainer is head of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her research focuses on a broad spectrum of eating and weight-related outcomes including eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviors, body image, dietary intake, weight stigmatization and obesity.
Q: What are healthy eating habits?
Dr. Neumark-Sztainer: Healthy eating habits involve a combination of things. One is enjoyable eating, such as eating family meals or eating at a social event. Another is intuitive eating or paying attention to our body’s cues (e.g. when your body tells you you’re full to stop eating). We can also engage in mindful eating when we pay attention to what we are eating and more fully enjoy the food that we are eating. Finally, it is important to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, choose nutrient-dense foods, and avoid foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients.