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Health Information For Parents
We’re spending more time at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). But that’s made it easy for families to fall out of normal routines. Relaxed schedules, more screen time, easy access to food, and no regular recess or gym class can add up to unhealthy weight gain and reduced fitness.
So, what can you do to help your family stay healthy? Here are some tips to keep everyone active and eating well while you are at home.
Healthy snacks can help manage hunger and boost nutrition. An occasional treat is fine, but serve good-for-you snacks most of the time.
Set regular meal and snack times to avoid all-day grazing. Serve 3 meals and 1 to 2 scheduled snacks each day. When it’s time to eat, have kids sit at the table and not in front of a screen. This way, kids are focused on the food in front of them and less likely to overeat.
Make your home a healthy food zone. Put the focus on:
Chips, cookies, and ice cream are OK once in a while, but not every day. Keep junk food and treats out of the house so your kids are not tempted.
Save sugary drinks, like soda, juice, sports drinks, and sweet teas for special times. Offer water and milk instead.
Packaged foods and prepared meals are convenient, but can be high in fat, sugar, and calories. Check food labels and choose the healthier options.
Encourage your kids to be active for least 30 minutes each day. Whenever possible, let them go outside and play. Go for a walk, run, bike ride, or play sports like soccer, basketball, or whiffle ball together as a family.
On cold or rainy days, look for ways for kids to be active inside. Try dancing, yoga, exercise videos, apps, or online classes.
Getting enough sleep has many health benefits, and helps kids keep a healthy weight. Help your kids get to bed on time and wake up at the same time every day. Skip daytime naps for older kids, and turn off all screens at least 1 hour before bed.
Sleep needs vary from child to child. But try for:
Daily schedules can help everyone stick to new routines. Besides setting consistent times for sleeping and eating, schedule time for:
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in many ways. A focus on healthy habits, like eating well and staying active, can help kids and parents keep a sense of control during an uncertain time.
Be a good role model for your kids by:
“What’s the right weight for my child?” is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it’s not always easy to answer.
Waistlines have been expanding over the last few decades. Part of the problem is what we eat, but another is quantity. Are our plates simply piled too high?
Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.
If the right foods are offered at the right times, snacks can play an important role in managing kids’ hunger and boosting nutrition.
Healthy and well-timed snacks can help fill in nutritional gaps for preschoolers. But how do you turn yours into a smart snacker?
Some toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That’s where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.
Lots of us don’t realize we’re eating too much because we’ve become so used to large portions. This article for teens helps you take control of your plate.
Healthy snacks are essential for busy teens. Find out how eating nutritious snacks throughout the day can keep your energy level high and your mind alert.
Exercise can help keep a kid’s body fit and healthy. Learn more about what exercise can do for you in this article for kids.
Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why.
Most dieters regain the weight they lost by dieting when they go back to their old eating habits. Get our tips on the best ways to drop excess weight.
Here are some practical, everyday tips on making exercise and healthy eating work for you instead of feeling like it’s the other way around.
Has your doctor told you to lose weight? Get ideas on food, fitness, and staying motivated. We’ve also got weight management tools and recipes designed just for teens.
Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Find articles and videos that explain what this virus is, how to prepare for it, how to talk to kids about it, and much more.
Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading through communities in many countries, the best way to fight this spread is for everyone to practice social distancing. Here’s what that means.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your big kid? Get advice here.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your preschooler? Get advice here.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your teen? Get advice here.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your baby or toddler? Get advice here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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