Getting America’s children and families healthy is a top priority of Let’s Move – first lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide initiative to promote making healthy choices, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and increasing physical activity. The website has a ton of great information and we thought we would share some of their helpful tips to build healthy habits for a healthy home:
- Healthy Snacks. Your family, like most, is probably always on-the-go. Be prepared with nutritious and easy to eat on-the-go food like fresh fruits and vegetables. Think color – try eating fruits and vegetables of different colors to give your family a wide range of nutrients like fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins.
- Make Physical Activity Fun. Activities should be fun and something that the whole family can do together. There is a push for kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day, but it doesn’t all have to be at one time. Short walks, active chores, walking the dog – it all adds up!
- Plan a Healthy Menu. Preparing healthy meals doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, it just takes planning. Plan healthy meals for the week, then make a shopping list and stick to it! Cut back on sugar – especially sodas and juice with added sugar. Watch portion sizes – use smaller plates and bowls and buy smaller packages of snack foods.
- Stay Active. Some screen and computer time is healthy, but it’s important to explain to children to sit less and move more. Sometimes they can enjoy both at once – the Nintendo Wii and New Xbox 360 Kinect integrate fun games with physical activity.
- Organize a School Health Team. The school environment strongly impacts the behavior, health and well-being of children. Parents can help schools create an environment that will encourage a child’s overall academic success. Call your child’s principal or PTA president to find out if your school has an active health team.