"First, encourage children to eat a variety of foods," says Laurie Dell'Aquilla, R.N., C.D.E., Supervisor of Nutritional Services and the Diabetes Program at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "But they may need 10-20 exposures to a new food before they accept it, so keep trying. Also, new foods will be more appealing if a child is a little bit hungry, so offer the new foods at the beginning of a meal. Start small, with just a few bites of something different on your child's plate. Make it fun: make shapes out of fruits and vegetables, or let the kids dip them into sauces. Also, it may help to give children 'control' by offering choices. But, make the choices healthy, such as a choice between an apple and a banana. Remember, you - the adult - control what is in the pantry. Go grocery shopping without the kids if they always demand junk food, and set a good example by buying and eating healthy foods yourself."