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Kids: How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

With obesity taking the world by storm, it’s important to start kids out early learning the basics of healthy eating and living. Staying fit and healthy can be as easy as 1-2-3. This article will unveil a few excellent ways for kids to eat healthy as well as some fun exercise tips for kids and parents.

Tips to Eat Healthy
Sometimes it can be difficult to get your kids eat something that’s actually good for them. However, sometimes, you can do it without them even realizing. For example, in the morning, apply fruit jelly to their toast. They’ll receive healthy fruit without even realizing that they are eating healthy! The same is true with oatmeal and cereal in the morning – add some fresh fruit and you have a nutritious addition to the most important meal of the day. Here are some more healthy eating tips:

  • Slowly lower the amount of high-sugar drinks that your children are allowed to have on a daily basis.
  • If under two, offer whole milk for proper brain development. If over two, offer low-fat or even fat-free milk for calcium consumption and bone strengthening.
  • Offer peanut butter with whole wheat crackers as a snack.

Encourage your children to eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and non-fat dairy products, lean meats and foods high in protein. Limit the amount of sugar, fat and sweets that your children eat.

Fun and Easy Ways to Exercise

Kids probably cringe at the thought of "exercise" since it is sometimes associated as an unenjoyable activity. However, physical activity can actually be quite fun when the proper amount of thought has been put into it. Be creative when working to get your kids active – and they should be active about an hour every day (at minimum!),
according to the CDC.

Here’s a few ideas to help you get started that are great for indoors, outdoors and at local venues with some incorporating the help of Mom and Dad:

Kids on bicycles
  • Hula hoop contest
  • Jump rope
  • Dancing
  • Riding bikes
  • Tag
  • Touch football
  • Miniature Golf
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Swing-sets at the park

Sports and fitness go hand-in-hand, as you can see from the above-mentioned tips that outdoor recreation and leisure is also a great way for your children to have fun while getting the necessary amount of exercise each day without even realizing it.

Remember, it’s never too early or too late to get started eating healthy and staying fit as a family. The Child Youth and School Services program by Army MWR is a great place to begin.

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