More and more schools are realizing the importance of providing healthier lunchtime options, but as a parent, there is still a lot you can do to help your children develop healthy eating habits early to decrease their risk of cancer.

Here are some tips for packing a healthy school lunch:

  • Include raw veggies – such as carrots, celery, and cucumbers – with a low-fat salad dressing or dip instead of potato chips.

  • Switch from fatty luncheon meats to low-fat alternatives, such as lean turkey breast.

  • Include at least one serving of fruit in each lunch. Try experimenting with new types of fruit each week, such as pears, sliced melon, grapefruit, or pineapple.

  • Sneak vegetables – like lettuce or slices of cucumber, tomato, green pepper, roasted peppers, zucchini or sweet onion – into sandwiches.

Use whole grain bread instead of white bread for sandwiches.