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Healthy Active Living for Families: The 5-2-1-0 Approach

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Healthy nutrition starts as early as infancy with breastfeeding. Once your baby begins eating solid foods, introduce nutritious foods early on and often. Sometimes toddlers need to try a food 10 or more 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. Here are some easy-to-remember tips.

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 with healthy choices available and encouraged.

  • Make it fun. Find ways to engage your children such as:

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:

  • Having breakfast every day

  • Eating a diet high in fiber and rich in calcium

  • Including low-fat dairy foods such as yogurt, milk and cheese

  • Preparing foods at home and regularly eating meals together as a family

  • Limiting fast food, take-out food, and eating out at restaurants

  • Getting enough sleep, since sleep loss can lead to unhealthy eating


Help your children form healthy habits now. Healthy active children are more likely to be healthy active adults!

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American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity (Copyright © 2024)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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