Many parents need to clean up the food and physical activity environment at home to help children be fit and healthy.
Here are 6 tips that you can start with.
1. Stock up on good food
Fill your house with foods that are both delicious and nutritious (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, lean protein, reduced-fat dairy products) and don’t bring home junk food such as cookies, cakes, sweetened cereals and sugary drinks.
2. Make sweets a treat
Save treats for special occasions. You don’t have to give up sweets entirely, but go out for them instead of having them at home.
3. Ditch the drive-through
Avoid fast food.
4. Turn off the TV
Make physical activity the focus of the home instead of television. Don’t allow TVs in the kitchen or bedrooms.
5. Equip for exercise
Give older children the basic tools to be active: jump ropes, balls, baseball gloves, Frisbees.
6. Shake it!
Encourage them to dance. Dancing is an excellent activity,