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Back-to-School Tricks for Picky Eaters

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focus.jpgBy  Laura Nathan-Garner

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches with hearts cut out of the middle. Magic wands made of vegetables and raisins. This is just one of the princess-themed box lunches that a co-worker whipped up for her 7-year-old twins.

The reason? She wanted her girls to eat more fruits and veggies, and the usual bagged lunch wasn't cutting it.

"If you've got a pick-eater in your house, finding creative ways to sneak in more fruits and veggies is definitely worth the effort," says Rhea Li, a research dietitian at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital. "That's because eating plant-based foods can help strengthen your child's immune system and protect the body's cells from damage that can lead to cancer later in life."

Of course, making fun-themed foods for your child's box lunch can be pretty time-consuming.

But busy parents, rest assured: we've got quick and easy ways to help your kids get an A+ when it comes to eating healthy foods. Find our tips and tricks in this month's issue of Focused on Health.

You'll get expert's tips for turning picky eaters into healthy eaters and our quick, kid-pleasing recipe for peanut butter grahams. You'll also find out how to choose video games that can actually help your kids get exercise. And, you'll learn why you should have the "tanning bed" talk with your kids -- and how to start the conversation.

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