Healthy Tips

11:05 AM, Jan 5, 2012   |    comments
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1. Make sure your child has a healthy to-go snack before they walk out the door. A box of raisins, mini carrots, a piece of whole fruit, low-fat cheese stick or whole grain crackers are great choices.

2. Looking for ways to save money and still eat healthy? Buy fresh produce in season. Apples, eggplant, sweet potatoes and squash are in season for Georgia.

3. Reconnect with family and friends tonight. Turn off the television, radio, video games and eat at the table. Without the distractions, you may find that you eat less.

4. For all those parents with picky eaters - don't give up. Continue to introduce healthy foods to your child. It can take several tastes before your child decides if he/she likes.

5. Instead of 'do as I say, not as I do' model good eating habits. Eat your fruits and veggies. Limit less healthy foods including sweets and fried foods.

6. For all those savvy shoppers out there, remember that coupons and in-store promotions may not always be for those foods you normally buy or need. Stick to your grocery list and don't be tempted by less healthy treats.

7. Looking for an easy way for your child to be more active? Have them stand while watching television. This uses 50% more energy. Watching TV burns fewer calories than sleeping and reading.

8. Have your child earn screen time by being active. For every 30 minutes of activity, give them 30 minutes of TV, computer or video games.

9. Children don't need to "work-out", they need to be active! Activities like dancing, jump-rope, and hula-hoop are a great way for children to get exercise.

10. Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day - this doesn't have to be done all at once, try 10 minute activity breaks between each homework subject.

11. Have your child do 20 jumping jacks before walking out the door this morning.

12. Instead of a PB&J, make a peanut butter and apple or banana sandwich.

13. Make water with a kick. Squeeze fresh fruit-like oranges or lemons-into a water bottle as a substitute for sports drinks.

14. Save money when eating out by ordering water for everyone. Think about the savings...$1 less per day, $30 less per month, $360 less per year.

15. Did you know that most kids don't need a sports drink to stay hydrated during play? Water is the best for hydration.

16. Here's another reason to have your kids eat more fruits and vegetables - besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, it's another great way to get more water. Fruits and veggies can contain up to 75% water.

17. Be ready for an after school snack. Peel a banana and place on a skewer, sprinkle with chopped nuts and freeze. When the kids get home, they'll have a healthy, fun treat waiting for them.

18. Use commercials as activity breaks for the families. For every commercial break, see which family member can do the most sit-ups, push-ups, or jumping jacks.

19. Challenge the entire family to get more fruits & veggies today. See who can eat a fruit or veggie at every meal and snack.

20. Today is going to be a great day for a walk. Plan a quick walk this morning or evening with your family.

21. Is your child watching more than 60 minutes of TV a day? This can promote unhealthy weight gain. Take the television, computer out of their room and limit their screen time each day. This can also help promote healthy sleep patterns.

22. Don't skip physical activity just because the weather isn't ideal. Look for indoor activities. March or jog in place, dance, or whatever gets you moving.

23. Now that the kids are in school, look for ways to reward them for good grades. Let them pick an activity that you can do as a family, such as go for a bike ride or picnic in the park.

24. Looking for ways to save money on healthy snacks? Make your own snack sizes instead of buying foods already individually pre-packaged. Separate into small ziploc bags so kids can just grab and go.

25. Want your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Involve them in the shopping and preparing process. The more involved, the more likely they are to try new foods.





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