Healthy Weight Week: How to Keep Kids Healthy

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Maintaining a healthy weight can be frustrating for everyone. The proper weight can help you and your kids avoid future health problems. Give them a healthy start – show them a healthy lifestyle, and help them stay active. Try these tips to support your kids to develop healthy habits:

  • Keep Track: When you go grocery shopping make sure you buy fruits, vegetables, and almost no soda or sports drinks. Keep these sugary drinks away from children, so you can keep track of how much your kids drink.
  • Make a Goal: Start out with a small goal that you can accomplish in a week, like getting your kids to try one new fruit or vegetable a day. Make a long term goal that you can accomplish after a few months, like reaching a healthy bmi by eating 5 or more fruits or vegetables a day.
  • Find a Friend: Screen time is when your kids use a TV, tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Encourage 2 hours or less of screen time a day. Set up playdates with other moms. Your kids can color and play with each other instead of using screens.
  • Make a Schedule: Plan 60 minutes of physical activity for your child a day, with 30 minutes of quality time with you. Try these activities from QT30.

You set the example for your child! If you have healthy habits, so will your child. Stay disciplined when trying to stay healthy and don’t get discouraged. Stay dedicated to creating a healthier life for your kids when they’re young, so it will be easier for them to make healthy choices as teenagers and adults.

Your child’s weight, fitness, and diet are important parts of their health. If you have questions about developmental milestones call the Help Me Grow 2-1-1 line, or send Help Me Grow a text at: 302-231-1464.