Eat Family Style Dining

Ecological Approach to Family Style Dining (EAT FSD) is a research initiative at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The EAT FSD approach provides holistic training for childcare providers for meeting the recommendations for feeding young children (2-5 years) to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity. Family style dining (FSD) is a widely recommended practice for feeding children in childcare. During family style dining, providers sit and eat meals together with children and children select their own portions and serve themselves.

The EAT Curriculum includes 7 interactive, online lessons, each lesson takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Throughout the lessons, you will watch short videos and practice easy strategies to empower yourself to practice FSD and transform your mealtime to be the most enjoyable part of the day!

Topics include:

  1. Parent engagement
  2. Modeling healthy eating
  3. Supporting peer modeling
  4. Children serving themselves
  5. Praising children for trying new foods
  6. Sensory nutrition education
  7. Supporting self-regulation

For more information, please contact Dipti Dev with University of Nebraska-Lincoln at





Updated February 8, 2018 1:47pm