Tips to Make Sure Your Giving Your Kids the Right Nutrition
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Kids should eat five fruits and vegetables a day
Serve fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables; they all count.
Provide fruit or carrot sticks as great snacks
Offer 100% juice, with no added sugar
Mix vegetables into dishes, like adding peas to rice, or cucumbers to a sandwich
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Watch this video and learn about incorporating healthy snacks into your kid’s diets!
Everyday Ideas to Move More from We Can!
Here’s a great list of ideas to get you and your kids moving and get everyone more active.
myGo Healthy Challenge for Families from the American Heart Association
Click here to learn more about the Healthy Kids Challenge, a nonprofit, dedicated to helping schools, programs, and communities with solutions to support kids and families
with making healthy eating and physical activity choices.
You’ve made the commitment to eat healthier, become more active and maintain a healthy weight, but how can you help your kids to do the same? You are the role model for your family. When your kids see you making good choices, they are more likely to do the same.
Click here to learn more about appropriate food portion sizes so that your children grow up understanding more about healthy eating.
Balancing Calories: Help Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits (CDC.GOV)
One part of balancing calories is to eat foods that provide adequate nutrition and an appropriate number of calories.
You can help children learn to be aware of what they eat by developing healthy eating habits, looking for ways to make favorite dishes healthier, and reducing calorie-rich temptations.
Encourage healthy eating habits.
There's no great secret to healthy eating. To help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:
- Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
- Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
- Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
- Serve reasonably-sized portions.
- Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
- Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
- Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success!
Sample Eating Plans
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes two eating plans that illustrate the amounts from each food group that
are recommended each day or each week. The USDA Food Guide and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
Eating Plan can serve as basic guides for balanced nutrition for you and your family. Amounts are also provided for different
foods within each food group. (We Can – NHLBI May 2012)
Click here for sample eating plan and more information
Whether it’s taking a family walk on a Saturday morning, or after dinner, or washing the car together, We Can!® encourages
you to get active to maintain a healthy weight.