Habits Of Wellness: Family Internet Tool (H.O.W.F.I.T.)
Soda and sugar-sweetened juice drinks lead to excessive weight gain in children. Sports drinks and sweetened teas are also often loaded with sugar. Even 100% fruit juice can lead to excessive weight gain.
Be sure to eat fruits and vegetables regularly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. They can help fight disease and prevent excess weight gain.
Mornings are hectic, but even busy families can fit breakfast into their routine. Preparing breakfast doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and even young children can help prepare it.
When families eat together, children are more likely to eat nutritious meals and consume more fruits and vegetables. Better nutrition is just the beginning of the benefits of the family meal.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and other child health experts recommend 60 minutes of physical active for children.
The portions of food sold in stores and served in restaurants have become much larger than they used to be. It’s important for your family to know what a serving size looks like.