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Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit and at a Healthy Weight

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  • Stock your refrigerator with ready to eat fruits and vegetables—fresh, frozen, or canned. If buying canned veggies, keep your heart healthy by assuring no sodium is added. If stalking up on canned fruit, buy items without added sugar or syrup that will add unwanted calories. When possible choose cans foods without BPA.
  • Prepare fruits and veggies in an eye catching way: Studies show that children eat more of them when served in a beautiful and interesting way.
  • Turn off the TV. Watching TV distracts families from enjoying healthier activities that exercise the muscles and the mind.
  • Clean and sanitize your refrigerator regularly. Having a clean refrigerator reduces the risk of contaminated food.
  • Monitor mindless munching. Teach your kids to be aware of when and what they are eating.
  • Find healthy ways to reward your children for a job well done, like stickers or time together, instead of cookies or candy. Rewarding good behavior with food is related to being overweight later.
  • Be a good example. Model healthy behaviors like eating breakfast and including fruits and vegetables at all of your meals.

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3 Responses to “ Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit and at a Healthy Weight ”

  1. Kristie on February 14th, 2012 9:26 pm

    Love the reminder to CLEAN my fridge. I so need to get on top of those sticky gooey spots!

  2. Amy on February 15th, 2012 7:46 am

    I have to go re-stock on fruits and vegetables today!

  3. Michael on March 14th, 2012 8:53 am

    “Unplugging” our kids is essential! I can remember my mom telling me to “go outside and play” when I said I was bored or when I was sulking around the house. We need more of that today!

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