- 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.