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CDC recommends five key steps to prevent childhood obesity

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 by Maggie LaBarbera

The CDC recommends parents take the following actions to help children keep or reach a healthy weight:

  • Promote healthy eating habits by providing plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products. Limit intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda or juice. Also encourage your family to drink lots of water.
  • Look for ways to make your favorite dishes healthier. The recipes that you prepare regularly, with just a few changes, can be healthier and just as satisfying.
  • Get rid of high-calorie food options. Although everything can be enjoyed in moderation, reducing the amount of high-fat, high-sugar or salty snacks in your home can help you and your children develop healthy eating habits.
  • Reduce sedentary time by helping kids stay active. Children and teens should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Some examples include playing tag, jumping rope, swimming, dancing and walking.
  • Limit the time your children watch television, play video games or log onto the Internet to no more than two hours per day. Encourage your children to find fun activities to do with family members or on their own that simply involve more activity.


1 Comment

Veggie toddler
Monday, Sep 20, 2010 @ 12:28 PM

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I think snacking is a big key to a healthy diet. Kids need snacks - just swap out the junk food for real food like yogurt or steamed or raw veggies or fruit. If I offer my kids junk food then they expect it and want more. If I get in the habbit of offering real food, then my kids will grow to expect that when they are hungry and develop a taste for nutrition.

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