Nutrition Tips for Parents
Busy Families Booklets

Healthy Eating for Busy Families

Helping kids grow healthy and strong


All-new and completely revised in 2016, replacing Making Meals Matter for Your School-Age Child

This eight-page, self-instructional booklet equips parents with practical tips for teaching their kids healthy eating and physical activity habits that will last a lifetime. Best for parents of school-age children. Learn more about our booklet for parents of preschoolers

Key messages throughout the booklet:
  • eating a variety of foods from the five food groups for optimal health
  • mealtimes can be quick, easy and a time to reconnect for the family

Available in English and Spanish.

The booklet uses a behavior change model that helps users translate health recommendations into small, realistic changes to improve health. Aligns to USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. Connections to online resources to enhance knowledge and skills is available throughout the booklet. 

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Nutrition

The booklet is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, reflected in the MyPlate icon.

It includes:

  • Information about preparing balanced meals with all five food groups
  • Healthy snacks
  • Healthy breakfast and lunch tips
  • Physical activity suggestions

Answers to common questions about healthy weights for children are also included.

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We pride ourselves on the quality of our materials. Learn more about the evaluation of this booklet.

Order Free Materials
If you work in California in any of these nutrition education roles, you may order free nutrition education booklets.
  • Physician
  • Health educator
  • Registered dietitian
  • Nurse/nurse practitioner
  • School wellness coordinator
  • Nutrition educator
If you live outside California, you may order the materials at a reasonable cost.

Booklet Uses

Our self-instructional booklets work in a variety of settings:

  • one-on-one instruction or counseling
  • group classes
  • resource library
  • outpatient services
  • school wellness programs
Parent Education Resources

Health Educators, check out our free, online parent education toolkit.

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