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One of the best places for nipping this problem in the bud is at home. By having the whole family make healthy choices, you can help your kids meet and maintain healthy weight goals.
Here are ways you can get started.
Watch what you buy Simple, easy steps can make a difference in children’s lives. Make fruits and veggies part of every meal. Shop together. When you do, you help your kids build healthy habits for life. Another way you can combat obesity is by giving your kids the knowledge to make better decisions.
To help stop obesity, it’s important that parents and caregivers create a healthy environment at home. Studies show what kids eat at home affects what foods they choose to eat at school, along with their overall attitude toward food. Eating a lot of processed foods and drinking sugary drinks at home can lead to unhealthy habits.
One important thing to learn (and teach your kids) is what to look for on nutrition labels when choosing healthier snacks. Here are just a few things to check on food labels:
Steer your kids away from foods that contain trans fats. These foods boost the production of “bad” cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food manufacturers to show how much trans fats are in prepared foods. Look for this on the label and limit your purchase of these products.
What else should you look for on the label? Look at the percent of daily values for saturated fat and dietary cholesterol. Add the numbers together. Values of five percent and less are low. Values of 20 percent and more are high.
Here are some ideas your whole family can embrace for better health.
Get active with your kids To fight obesity, set easy fitness goals to get you and your family moving. Take a 30-minute walk each day, play tag, dance in your living room or go to the park.
Plan your menus for the week
Add color to your table
Know how much to eat
Be wary of trans fats
How do you help your kids eat better at home? Does it help?
Originally published 9/15/2014; Revised 2017, 2021
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