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Mindful Eating: How to Encourage Youth to Think Before They Eat

Youth oftentimes eat to just eat, a practice called "mindless eating." However, mindFUL eating is an important component for maintaining health. Join Dr. Mara Vitolins of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Michelle Krehbiel of University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension, and Vanessa Spero and Kimber Sarver of University of Florida extension partnering with 4-H; they will share strategies to help caregivers combat these mindless eating patterns by helping youth understand their appetites and become more aware of their body signals.

At the end of this webinar, participants will learn...
1. what mindful eating is
2. what factors influence "mindless eating" in youth
3. how to teach youth to recognize appetite and practice healthy, mindful eating habits

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