Childhood Obesity | What You Can Do to Raise Healthy Kids
- Heart disease
- Cancer (breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, cervix and others)
- Keep (washed/prepared) baby carrots, celery, grapes, strawberries and blueberries at eye-level in the fridge
- Keep fruits like apples and oranges in a bowl on a low countertop
- Replace a candy dish with nuts and seeds, like sunflower or pumpkin
- Stock up on low fat yogurt and cheese cubes
- Store tempting foods (cookies, chips and ice cream) out of sight, like on a high shelf or in the back of the freezer
- Most kids love to cook and are more likely to eat what they prepare, so make cooking healthy, nutritious meals a family affair. Not only will dinner become less of a chore, cooking together is a great way to model healthy habits and talk about good food choices.
- Hydrating Them with H2O
- 80% of U.S. kids drink sugar-sweetened drinks, which are high in calories and sugar. Drinking plain water is good for hydration and helps kids feel fuller between snacks and meals.
- Make physical activity a part of your family's daily routine by taking family walks or bike rides, or playing active games together
- Stay positive about any activity your child chooses and suggest new ones to try like skateboarding, roller skating or street hockey
- Make physical activity fun by signing your child up for a team or individual sport, going to the playground and/or community pool, or bowling
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