Tips to Feed Ages 2 to 5

Making Meals Matter for Your Young Child Guide

Making Meals Matter

Healthy Eating for Your Young Child

This eight-page, self-instructional booklet provides parents of preschoolers with action steps to offer balanced food choices to their young child. Includes information on how much kids need to eat for healthy growth and development.

Available in English and Spanish.

The booklet uses a behavior change model that helps users translate health recommendations into small, yet “doable” changes to improve health.

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This booklet is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, reflected in the MyPlate icon.

Topics include:

  • Healthy eating for preschoolers
  • Snack ideas
  • Healthy portion size
  • Picky eaters
  • How to achieve a healthy body weight
  • Tips for getting more daily physical activity
Order Free Materials
If you work in California in any of these nutrition education roles, you may order free nutrition education booklets.
  • Physician
  • Health educator
  • Registered dietitian
  • Nurse/nurse practitioner
  • School wellness coordinator
  • Nutrition educator
If you live outside California, you may order the materials at a reasonable cost.

Booklet Uses

Our booklets are self-instructional and work in a variety of nutrition education settings:

  • one-on-one instruction or counseling
  • group classes
  • resource library

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