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Habits Of Wellness: Family Internet Tool (H.O.W.F.I.T.)

Be a Sugar Detective

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.

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Fruits & Veggies

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.

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Start your day off right

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. 

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Eat as a family

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.

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Get active

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other child health experts recommend 60 minutes of physical active for children. 

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Food smarts

The portions of food sold in stores and served inrestaurants have become much larger than they used to be. It’s important for your family to know what a serving size looks like.

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