Parents should aspire to be role models for their children when it comes to healthy eating and drinking, to prevent the severe and sometimes permanent health risks associated with childhood obesity. It will help families learn more and feel secure and motivated to build healthier behaviors by searching the many parent resource articles with pediatric lifestyle tips on our website.
- Increase parental presence at school and at home
- At your child’s school, know the diet and exercise policies. Contact school administrators if you have a complaint, and attempt to influence those policies.
- Advocate for fundraisers, particularly those with junk food or soda, which do not require the sale of food products.
- Avoid sending young kids to school with vending machine money.
- Give your child’s lunch to school and include your child in wrapping the lunch. To learn about the kinds of foods you should be packing, use MyPlate.
Using food and beverage options for your kids as teaching moments. Speak up when you see decisions that are unsafe. “You can have a little of that, but not too much.”You can have a little of that, but not too much.
Speak to them about why the right option is not an excessively salty or heavily sugared snack. Stop making them feel bad for their choices in food or drink. When they select a healthy item like fruit, you can also compliment your kids.
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