Healthy Eating + Physical Activity: Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents

This article provides parents with simple tips to help their children eat healthy.
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  • Does your child balk when served healthy foods?
  • How often are you and your children physically active?

Don't let your mealtime turn into battle time. Check our guild for winning tips on ways to improve your child's fitness for a lifetime of good health.

Ways to Help your Child:

Eating Breakfast with your child

Breakfast gives children the energy they need to listen and learn in school.

Involve your child in planning and preparing meals

Children may be more willing to eat the dishes they help make.

Offer your child a wide variety of foods

Increase whole grains, vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat or beans.

Cook with less fat

Bake, roast or grill foods instead of frying.

Limit the amount of added sugar in your child's diet

Serve water or skim milk more often than sodas and fruit-flavored drinks. Limit candy.

Be a role model for your children

They are more likely to be active and stay active throughout their lives if they see you being physically active, eating healthy foods, and having fun.

Encourage your child to be physically active every day

Strive for 30-60 minutes of activity every day. Involve the whole family in activities such as hiking, biking, dancing, and skating.

Limit screen time

Turn off TV, computers, and video games

Talk with your health care provider

If you are concerned about your child's weight.