Kids Health: A Surprising Way to Get Your Kid to Eat Veggies

carrots 1082251 1280A kids health is every parent’s top priority–but sometimes it can be hard to get them to become as healthy as they can be when they won’t eat vegetables. This is a common issue among parents, but there may be hope.
The New York Times recently reported on a new study that looked into ways to effectively get kids to eat vegetables. The best way? Marketing vegetables the way we market junk food. This could be a revolutionary way to improve kids’ health around the US.

Using cartoons to improve kids’ health

The study was conducted in 10 elementary schools, divided into 4 groups. One group had banners around the school with cartoon vegetable characters on them. One group had tv clips of the cartoon vegetable characters. One had both. One had none (the control groups).
There was a 90 percent increase for the banner group, an insignificant increase for the tv clip one, and a 239.2 percent increase for the combination group. Marketing is often looked at as a way to manipulate people in a negative way–such as getting people to buy junk food–but this study proves it can be used in an extremely positive way. A way that will benefit kids health, not destroy it.
Such a large increase is difficult for schools to ignore. It’s difficult for everyone to ignore. In the article, they discuss how it’s not feasible for each school to do their own marketing for vegetables–it would cost way too much. Instead, they propose a national program that promotes vegetables and other healthy foods across the country. As said in the article: “McDonald’s is effective because you see their marketing everywhere.”

Promoting health in fun ways

Health is often looked at as a chore by children and teens–something not fun, kind of required, and lame. This is why it’s so hard to convince them to eat their vegetables or go outside to get exercise. As a parent, there are ways to make it easier; one of the main ways is to make it fun.
If your child views exercise as a horrible activity, it may be because they associate it with strictly the gym. You can change this view by offering to go on a cool hike nearby or biking around the city together. Get creative, it can greatly improve your kid’s health!

Trails Carolina can help

Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for struggling youth, ages 10-17. Our students commonly deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and other behavioral challenges.
For more information about Trails Carolina helps improve a struggling kid’s health and wellness, please call 800-975-7303 today!

Posted in
Avatar of Jeremy Whitworth

Jeremy Whitworth

As Executive Director at Trails Carolina, a leading wilderness therapy program for youth and teens, I oversee operations and collaborate with our leadership team. Since 2022, I've also hosted the Common Ground Podcast for parents: With a background in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, I've managed adventure-based therapeutic programs across the US and Canada. My experiences in competitive athletics and adventure sports have honed my leadership, risk assessment, and decision-making skills, which I apply to running a successful business like Trails Carolina.

Get started today

Contact us today to learn how Trails Carolina can help your family

Contact Us LP

Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


Discover If Trails Is The Right Program For Your Child

Take our short online assessment and help us better understand how we can help your family.

A teen stands at the meeting point of two trails in the forest, one leading higher towards the light and one leading down into darkness

Top 5 Common Myths About Wilderness Therapy For Youth: Understanding The History and Today’s Reality

Today, families have access to supportive, safe, and nurturing therapeutic treatment programs. Modern wilderness therapy programs, like Trails Carolina, are far from the punitive boot camps they are often portrayed as. 
A red-headed young woman sits on a hilltop overlooking forested mountains in front of her.

Treatment For Anxiety In Teens: How Wilderness Therapy Can Help

At Trails Carolina, we will give your child the skills to manage anxiety in real-time as soon as they arrive on our campus. They will very quickly gain a sense of belonging at Trails because of the sense of community that naturally occurs with the other students who are dealing with the common struggles of learning to manage adolescent anxiety.
A teen boy in a beanie and a sweatshirt glowers at the viewer in the woods.

Dealing with Defiance: Six Tips for Decreasing Defiant Behavior

Most parents know what is like to live with a defiant teenager. Teens often feel inclined to push buttons and test the limits enforced upon them. This can be extremely frustrating for parents and create a constant power struggle within the home. The teenage years are when one is trying to figure out where they…
family reuniting - trails carolina reviews
Trails Carolina’s wilderness camps for troubled teens are dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.