Healthy Habits for Your Family
Too much added sugar leads to excessive weight gain and unhealthy bodies. Soda, juice drinks, sweetened teas, and sports drinks are 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 the rush doesn’t have to mean starting the day with unhealthy foods. Some packaged breakfast foods and cereals are about as healthy as desserts. Preparing a healthy breakfast can be quick and easy. 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.
Today’s supermarkets have lots of processed foods that might look healthy, but really aren’t nutritious. The portion sizes have also become a lot larger than they used to be. Taking a closer look can help your family making better food choices.
Sleep has many important benefits for the brain and body. Did you know getting enough sleep is important for helping your family maintain a healthy weight? Evidence shows that when children get too little sleep they are more likely to be overweight. Learn how much sleep children need and how to become a family of star sleepers.