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Ask a public health nurse

Public Health Nurses work with community members of all ages on topics relating to pregnancy and parenting, early childhood development, senior health, disease control and prevention and much more. In this column, they’ll answer your health-related questions. 

Q: How can I help my child build healthy snack habits?

A: Try to choose fresh snacks whenever you can. Options like fresh fruit and vegetables, hummus with whole-wheat pitas, yogurt and fruit, string cheese or hard-boiled eggs can make snack time easy and healthy. 

You can also use grocery shopping with your children as an opportunity to teach them about healthy eating and the types of foods that make their bodies strong. Last but not least, try to model good snacking behavior for your kids by choosing nutrient-dense snacks for yourself.