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Kohl's Kids in Action

Eating Healthy

 Healthy eating guidelines are based on the age of your child. Offer a variety of colorful foods everyday.

  • Include low-fat milk or dairy products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils and beans for protein.
  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grain products.
  • Limit 100% juice to 6 ounces a day if your child is 6 years of age or younger, and for older children less than 12 ounces a day.
  • Limit access to sugar-added fruit drinks and soda, as these tend to replace milk in children's diets.
  • Eat meals as a family when possible. Parents should model good eating habits. Turn off the TV, computer and video games during meals and snacks.


1-3 years
4-8 years
9-13 years
Low fat Dairy 2cups 2-3 cups 3-4 cups
Fruit 1 cup 1-1.5 cups 1.5 cups
Vegetables 1 cup 1-1.5 cups 2-2.5 cups
Meat 2 oz 3-4 oz 5 oz
Grains 3 oz 4-5 oz 5-6 oz

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