Monday, December 13, 2010

Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Holiday

Eat Right

- Set a good example for children by eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with meals or as snacks.

- Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into salads.

- Offer children a choice of fruits for lunch.

- Use cut-up vegetables as part of afternoon snacks.

- Let children select and help prepare a whole grain side dish.

- While shopping, allow children to pick a new fruit or vegetable to try later at home.

- Decorate plates or serving dishes with fruit slices.

Be Physically Active

- Give gifts that encourage physical activity - active games or sporting equipment.

- Be active and get your family to join you. Have fun together. Play with the kids or pets. Go for a walk, tumble in the leaves, or play catch.

- Instead of sitting through TV commercials, get up and move. Remember to limit TV watching and computer time.

Kids in the Kitchen

- Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up fruits and vegetables.

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