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Getting kids to learn to love food (and why that matters)

June 11, 2017
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Better nutrition can mean better learning. But how do you get kids on board? (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr Creative Commons)
In this episode of School’s In, find out how teachers and parents can motivate young people to make healthier choices.

From the school cafeteria to the dinner table, kids are likely to pass up wholesome foods like fruit and vegetables—that is, if these choices are even available. What are nutritionists now doing to make healthy options more appealing and accessible to children? And how can parents inspire their picky eaters to try something new?

“It takes 10 to 15 times of trying a food to get kids to like it,” says Christopher Gardner, professor of medicine and director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, a consortium of scientists working on projects to promote health. “Introducing small bites of things can build up that familiarity.”

In this episode of School’s In, Gardner joined Stanford Graduate School of Education Dean Dan Schwartz and Senior Lecturer Denise Pope to talk about the connection between nutrition and learning. He also shares creative strategies for schools, communities and parents to entice kids to eat healthier snacks and meals.

Listen from the link below, and find more episodes of School's In at the Stanford Radio main page. The show airs Saturdays on SiriusXM Insight Channel 121.