Form a Foundation of Healthy Habits

As a parent, you pass more than your genes down to your children; you also pass down your health habits. Help your children lay a strong foundation for health by teaching them the following habits:

Drink water
Soda and fruit juices are full of sugar that can lead to weight gain. Teach your kids that drinks like soda and juice are for special occasions only, just like dessert.

Eat breakfast
Breakfast is the foundation for the day. It provides the fuel and energy kids need to learn and grow. Make a habit of eating breakfast alongside your children, because a routine of regular mealtimes in childhood will make it more likely your kids continue the habit when they are older.

Eat colorfully
Kids are picky, but that doesn’t mean they can’t grow to like fruits and vegetables. Consistently provide them with fruits and vegetables of all colors and you will help them learn to be more adventurous eaters.

Get off the couch
Healthy kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Make this activity a family event; show your kids that physical activity is important for everyone. Active kids make active adults.

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