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10 healthy living tips for kids

Posted May 06 2010 11:57am
There are a lot of ways to keep your kids in shape, and in the right track to staying healthy, but do you know the best, yet no sweat ways to do it? Below are 10 healthy living tips for your kids, and it may apply to you as well: 1. Start your day with breakfast It fills your “tank” to get you going after a long night without food. Easy to prepare breakfasts include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles. 2. Get Moving! Walk, bike or jog to see friends. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator or elevator. Try to do these things for a total of 30 minutes every day. 3. Snack Smart Snacks are a great way to refuel. Choose snacks from different food groups — a glass of low-fat milk and a few graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, or some dry cereal. 4. Work up a Sweat Vigorous work-outs help your heart pump better, give you more energy and help you look and feel your best. Start with a warm-up and 20 minutes of aerobic activity, then push-ups or lifting weights and cool-down with more stretching and deep breathing. 5. Don’t Eat Too Much of One Thing You don’t have to give up foods like hamburgers, french fries and ice cream to eat healthfully. You just have to be smart about how often and how much of them you eat. 6. Get Fit With Friends and Family Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or hiking, with a group each week. 7. Eat more grains, fruits and vegetables Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also in the grain group. Bananas, strawberries and melons are some great tasting fruits. Try vegetables raw, on a sandwich or in a salad. 8. Join in physical activities at school Whether you take a physical education class or do other physical activities at school, such as intramural sports, structured activities are a sure way to feel good, look good and stay physically fit. 9. Foods aren’t good or bad What makes a diet good or bad is how foods fit together. Balancing your choices is important and moderation. 10. Make Healthy Eating and Physical Activities Fun! Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing together and eat the foods you like. Be adventurous — try new sports, games and other activities as well as new foods.
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