Nutrition part 2: Creating a healthy lifestyle for the whole family

Even if only one person in the family has a unhealthy weight it is helpful for the whole family to develop healthy habits. Singling out one child for a restrictive diet can seem like a punishment to that child. Everyone can benefit from healthy habits. Children learn from watching their parents. If they see a parent enjoying healthy foods and having fun exercising they are more likely to follow in their footsteps.

Here is a great infographic with tips on creating a healthy lifestyle. Try putting it on your fridge for inspiration.

The tips listed here include:

  • fill your plate with half fruits and vegetables
  • replace sugar-sweetened drinks with water or fat-free milk
  • try a new fruit or vegetable with dinner each week
  • eat together as a family as often as possible
  • ask your kids what physical activities would tempt them away from TV/media
  • limit kids' screen time to no more than 2 hrs a day
  • make a list before grocery shopping
  • help your kids be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day

Here is a link to handout with some tips on getting your kids to eat healthy foods, creating a healthy dinner, and healthy snack idea for kids.

Here is a handout on tips for being active as a family.

 

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