Move more, sleep enough, and certainly eat a variety of healthy foods. It’s advice we can all take to heart. But for kids, the earlier they adopt healthy habits, the better. Now new research suggests that when it comes to kids and healthy eating, just talking about good choices may not be enough.

It’s one thing to put a mix of lean protein, fruits and vegetables on your child’s plate. It’s another to get them to take a bite.

Developmental psychologist Susan Gelman and colleagues at the University of Michigan wanted to know if the way parents talked to kids at the table and how much parents ate at a meal influenced their children.

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