September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – a great time to incorporate healthy habits into your kids’ back to school routine. Check out these easy tips recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
To lead a healthy active life, families can strive to reach these four easy goals:
- 5 fruits and vegetables a day,
- 2 hours or less of screen time (TV, computer, video games) per day,
- 1 hour of physical activity a day, and
- 0 limit sugar-sweetened drinks.
To help children live healthy active lives, parents can:
- Be role models themselves by making healthy eating and daily
physical activity the norm for their family.
- Create a home where healthy choices are available and encouraged.
- Make it fun – find ways to engage your children such as:
o playing a game of tag,
o cooking healthy meals together,
o creating a rainbow shopping list to find colorful fruits and vegetables,
o go on a walking scavenger hunt through the neighborhood, or
o grow a family garden.
Help your kids form healthy habits now. Healthy active children are more likely to be healthy active adults!
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