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Want your kids to be better, healthier eaters? Try these suggestions

Sarah Meeks, OSU Extension

The start of the next school year is just around the corner, which means figuring out the routine all over again. One piece of that routine might include packing lunches, which can feel like a hassle sometimes.

Yet a healthy lunch is important for a child’s growth and development. If you pack your child’s lunch or want to start, check out these tips adapted from OSU Wexner Medical Center on what to include and avoid.

Try to get every food group in a healthy packed lunch. The food groups are vegetables, fruit, grains, protein and dairy. Why include all the food groups? Because each group helps provide important nutrients.

Items like whole grains and beans add complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit add vitamins, and milk or yogurt can help with calcium intake, which is needed for growing bones.