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GETTING STARTED WITH CHILDREN

GETTING STARTED WITH CHILDREN

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating can be approached in several ways; by teaching the basic food groups (dairy, proteins, vegetables, fruits and grains) and the benefits of each group, by encouraging children to try new foods, and by promoting habits like eating a variety of foods.

Smart Choices

Once you understand the benefits of eating healthy foods, you have to learn to make healthy choices about portion sizes and balancing what you eat with how active you are (energy balance). Some foods contain a lot of calories (energy) and very few nutrients, so you should only eat them sometimes. These “sometimes foods” contain a lot of fats, sugars, and salt, and it’s not healthy to eat them every day.

Media in Moderation

The advertisements on TV and food packages can have a negative effect on healthy food choices. Understanding the purpose of advertisements and what they mean can help children make healthier food choices for themselves. Also, watching TV, sitting at the computer, and playing video games are sedentary activities, and have been clearly linked to overweight in both children and adults.

Fitness Fun

There are many types of fitness such as strength, endurance, and flexibility. There are multiple ways to introduce these types of fitness but it is also important to remember that just being active (walking up stairs, playing with family members) can be just as healthy as working out.