What can you do to keep your child’s weight healthy? Here are four simple tips:
- Make sure your child has healthy food choices at home. Do not keep junk food or soda in your house. It is too tempting for everyone and introduces bad habits that are more difficult to break later on.
- Avoid all sugary drinks, EVEN JUICE. Don’t be fooled. Juices have as much or even more sugar than soda, even if the label says “all natural” or “no added sugar”. Your child’s drinks should be mostly water and 3 cups of milk (for calcium and vitamin D).
- Do not eat fast food more than one time per month. I know this is difficult with busy schedules, but even making a quick sandwich at home is a much healthier option and just as fast.
- Make sure your child exercises for at least an hour every day. This can be an organized activity or playing outside, as long as their heart rate is up. This is not only good for their body, but also good for their mind!