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Tips for Parents from 'Food Fight' Author Laura Jana

Pediatrician turned preschool operator shares insights into children's dietary habits and needs.

Speaking at in Warren, Laura Jana shared 10 tips for parents to remember when trying to instill good eating habits in their children.

Calling on her training as a pediatrician, her professional experience as the owner of a Primrose School in Omaha, Neb., and her wisdom as the mother of three children, Dr. Jana said the first rule to remember is, if you can't get someone to do something, don't tell someone else to do it.

She encouraged parents to avoid battles over food, beware of the traps that teach food is for more than hunger, and to try and make eating good foods more fun.

"If you say, 'we're going to plant a garden,' it's fun," she said. That hands-on experience leads to a greater willingness to try foods kids often reject.

The presentation on July 17 included about 40 parents at the school, each of whom received a gift bag containing a copy of Dr. Jana's new book, "Food Fight," called "a practical guide that addresses the nutritional questions and challenges that parents most commonly face." 

She has also appeared on Good Morning America and The Today Show, speaking on parenting issues.

Linda Chen August 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Thank you Dr. Jana for her time. The event was very well received by the participants. They found it to be informative and practical approaches. Everyone was happy they attended the event. Also, thank you to all the parents that attended this event to make it a success.

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