Practice tip of the week: Three strategies for discussing plant-based nutrition with pediatric patients

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In a March 2021 story on strategies for discussing plant-based nutrition with pediatric patients, Stanley A. Cohen, MD, writes the following:

1). Help them understand the health-related benefits

- While kids may not enjoy brushing their teeth, it’s important for their health. They often understand the visual picture, when I ask what would happen if they only brushed their teeth once a week.

2). Address any barriers to plant-based nutrition

For some, these obstacles could be cost concerns or the perception that plant-based foods are inconvenient and unappealing.

3). Find a solution that works for them

- Encouraging the whole family to experience the benefits of plant-based foods is similar in many ways to advocating an active lifestyle, since both can improve their potential for a longer, healthier lifetime.

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