Family Health Services News
Monday, 21 August 2017 11:34

August is Kids Eat Right Month

 

This is a great time for families to focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging families to take the following steps:

 

Shop Smart. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the foods from the grocery store.

Cook Healthy. Involve your child in the preparation of meals. They will learn about food and may even be enticed to try new foods they helped prepare. Depending on your child’s age, they can do many things to help in the kitchen, such as cracking eggs, peeling fruit, and mixing ingredients. Click on the link below to watch a few short videos for more ideas on how to get your children involved with cooking at home: Videos

Eat Right. Sit down together as a family. Research indicates that those families who eat together have a stronger bond, and children have higher self-confidence and perform better in school.   

Healthy Habits. You can help kids form great, healthy habits by setting a good example. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, choose lower-sodium options such as low-sodium soups and crackers, as well as cutting back on processed foods, which generally are high in sodium, and make at least half the grains your family eats whole grains. For beverages, choose water over sugary drinks, and opt for fat-free or low-fat milk.

Get Moving. Aside from being a great way to spend time together, regular physical activity is vital to strengthen muscle and bones, promote a healthy body weight, support learning, develop social skills and build self-esteem. Kids are encouraged to be active for 60 minutes per day. 

Some great ideas to help your kids to move more include:

  • Going for a walk with the family after dinner

  • Having them to help with outdoor household chores, such as raking leaves, pulling weeds, and watering plants

  • As a parent, be an active role model by including physical activity in your day.  When your children see you enjoying being active, they are more willing to model your behavior. 

For more information and ideas on ways to keep your kids healthy visit: Kids Eat Right

 

 

 

 

 

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