Good nutrition is important for our growth and development. Healthy eating can help children and youth:
- Do better in school
- Feel better about themselves, their bodies, and their abilities
- Cope with stress and manage their emotions better
- Sleep better
Children and youth with mental health challenges and disorders may face unique obstacles to healthy eating. For example, some medications may impact your child's appetite and eating habits. It is important to help children and youth develop healthy relationships with food and to decrease any stress and anxiety related to food, as this will greatly benefit their future health and well-being.
The Healthy Living Toolkits have information to help your family eat nutritiously and enjoy healthy relationships with food. More information and tips can also be found in the resources below.