nutrition starts as early as infancy with
breastfeeding. Once your baby begins eating solid foods, introduce nutritious foods early on and often.
toddlers need to try a food 10 times before they actually accept and enjoy it. It is also important to encourage play time as soon as they start crawling and walking. As your children grow, continue to help them live a healthy active lifestyle.
To lead a healthy active life, families can strive to reach these goals:
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:
playing a game of tag
cooking healthy meals together
creating a rainbow shopping list to find colorful fruits and vegetables
go on a walking scavenger hunt through the neighborhood
grow a family garden
Other healthy goals
In addition to
5, 2, 1, 0, families can make small changes in their family routines to help everyone lead healthier active lives. Try:
Eating breakfast every day
Eating low-fat dairy products like yogurt, milk, and cheese
Regularly eating meals together as a family
Limiting fast food, take out food, and eating out at restaurants
Preparing foods at home as a family
Eating a diet rich in calcium
Eating a high fiber diet
Help your children form healthy habits now. Healthy active children are more likely to be healthy active adults!