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Title:Do I Have to Eat That?
Alt. Title:How to Prevent Food Fights
Pub. date: 2002, Revised 2/2008
Includes: brochure/handout
Audience: Parents, Children, Preschool, Kindergarten, Toddler, Elementary School, Hispanic
Language: English, Spanish
Description:This handout/brochure was designed as a guide to prevent food fights between parents and kids. Available in 2 formats, a single sheet (8 ½ x11) and a 3-fold brochure.

The contents include definition of both a parent’s and a child’s roles during mealtime. The handout features a list of tips for parents to increase acceptance of foods by their children, a list of what is normal for child growth and eating habits and a summary with additional tips.

Funding Source: USDA Food and Nutrition Service, NH Food Stamp Program and UNH Cooperative Extension
Details
Developer: Valerie Long, University of New Hampshire
Phone: 603-862-0158
Mail: andrea.talbot@unh.edu
Length: 1 page
Readability: 4th grade
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This cleverly titled handout/ brochure, in blue black and white, introduces child feeding concepts consistent with Ellyn Satter’s division of responsibility principles: The parent’s job of “What To Serve” and the child’s job of “How Much and Whether to Eat.”

Two lists of tips for encouraging kids to try new foods in the “Don’t Force” section, and for what is normal for parents/caregivers to expect from children in terms of their appetites, food habits and willingness to try, attempts to answer a parent’s question, of “How Much?” The backside/final section of the handout includes a summary which repeats some the bullet points from the previous section and also introduces a few new tips. Some of the tips include positive actions such as “eating together as a family” and “letting children help with preparation”, some are commands in all caps such as “NO TV during mealtimes”, and “PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH.”

Some punctuation marks (commas, apostrophes) on the “How Much?” list of tips are used incorrectly. The back half of the handout/last section of the 3-fold brochure includes contact information for the New Hampshire Nutrition Connection Program. This publication could be used as a stand-alone educational piece of perhaps best as an accompaniment to a more in-depth class or discussion on child nutrition/feeding.

Availability
View/download files: 
Handout (PDF 140 KB): http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000328_Rep1528.pdf
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
    Contact: Andrea Talbot
    Mail: 315 Daniel Webster Highway
Boscawen, NH 03303-2410
    Phone: (603) 225-5505
    Fax: (603) 796-2271
    E-mail: andrea.talbot@unh.edu
    Ordering: Available to print from web site or for professional printing contact distributor for file
    Cost: 0.00 per handout
    Avail. in Qty: No

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