January 15, 2005
Healthy Family…Healthy Kids
How Can Parents Teach Nutrition at Home?
1. Encourage kids to be healthy. Don’t focus on ideal weight and body figures.
2. Involve the whole family in improving their eating and exercise habits.
3. Play hard for 30-60 minutes every day:
Go for family walks or bike rides.
Play sports or join a club.
Use your feet instead of your car when
Wear a pedometer.
Research YMCA or after school programs.
4. Limit TV time:
Take TVs out of kids’ bedrooms.
Take a trip to the park or pool.
Dance, skate, play frisbee or jump rope instead
of watching TV.
5. Healthy Eating:
Eat breakfast: cereal with nonfat milk, oatmeal,
yogurt, fruit, or toast.
Parents decide where and when to eat.
Kids decide whether or not to eat and how much.
Eat together. Encourage sharing, conversation
Stock your cupboards with healthy foods. Rid
your cupboards of junk foods.
Do not bribe or reward your kids with food.
Limit fast food restaurants to once a week.
Do not watch TV while eating.
Encourage kids to help with grocery lists,
shopping and preparing food.
Pack nutritious lunches for kids to take to
6. Set a good example by:
Not being on a “diet��?.
Not showing too much concern about your weight.
Eating fruits and vegetables.
Being active every day.
**High fat foods, not eating fruits and vegetables and drinking regular sodas and juices contribute to weight problems.**
Posted by Lisa at January 15, 2005 9:47 AM
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