It’s a new year! Why not get the entire family involved in living a healthier lifestyle? This can be done using the 0-5 easy steps listed below:
0: Eliminate sugary beverages to zero (none) in your family’s diet.
1: Incorporate one hour of physical activity per day into everyone’s daily routine.
2: Limit screen time for you and your children to less than two hours per day. This includes televisions, computers, and cell phones.
3. Eat three servings of low-fat milk products daily. Skim milk, yogurt, and cheese are examples.
4. Drink four servings of water every day. A serving size is 4-6 ounces for young children and 10-12 ounces for older children and adults.
5. Eat five servings of fruits and / or vegetables each day.
To make these lifestyle changes easier to become habits for your family, try to introduce 1 or 2 each month. Becoming physically active as a family can be a simple as playing ball, hiking local trails, riding bikes, roller skating, dancing, or walking the dog. It may be more practical to “get moving” in short 15-20 minute segments. Keep food portions the size of the individual’s fist. Only fruits or vegetables should be offered for second helpings.
http://www.choosemyplate.gov provides practical information to individuals to help build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. The online resources can empower parents and guardians to make healthier food choices for themselves and their children.
Here’s to a healthier 2016! Good luck!