From Nutrition Pair:
Your child’s good health starts now. To help your child grow into a healthy adult, it is important to prevent him or her from becoming overweight. Being overweight can make your child more likely to later develop heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, liver problems and/or Type 2 Diabetes. Being active and eating well are important from an early age.
Parents, you are leader of the family. Your child watches you. You set the example. If you eat right and move more, your child will too!
To help your child eat well:
- Eat meals together as a family as often as possible. Turn off the television and electronic devices to make this a peaceful time
- Eat healthy yourself. Your child will follow your lead.
- Eat & prepare most meals at home. Limit fast foods and restaurant foods.
- Show love, comfort and rewards with hugs, love and your attention instead of with sweets or other foods.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products.
- Choose one food from each group below to build a healthy, balanced meal:
- Whole Grain breads, Bagels
- Whole Wheat toaster waffle
- Whole Grain cereals
- Brown Rice
- Sweet Potato
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- Apple or Orange Slices
- Cantaloupe, Watermelon
- Grapes, Raisins, Cherries
- Peaches, Pears
- Strawberries, Blueberries
- 4 oz of 100% Fruit Juice
- Other in-season fruit
To help your child become more active:
- Make daily physical activity fun and part of your family’s regular daily routine. Here are some ideas:
- Take a walk together
- Turn on some music and have a dance party
- Go to a local park, or make your own obstacle course at your house
- Shoot hoops, jump rope or play a game of kickball, tag or catch
- Assign daily chores like making beds, vacuuming & cleaning up the house or car.
- Exercise yourself. Your child will see you & want to become more active themselves!
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