Even if only one person in the family has a unhealthy weight it is helpful for the whole family to develop healthy habits. Singling out one child for a restrictive diet can seem like a punishment to that child. Everyone can benefit from healthy habits. Children learn from watching their parents. If they see a parent enjoying healthy foods and having fun exercising they are more likely to follow in their footsteps.
Here is a great infographic with tips on creating a healthy lifestyle. Try putting it on your fridge for inspiration.
The tips listed here include:
- fill your plate with half fruits and vegetables
- replace sugar-sweetened drinks with water or fat-free milk
- try a new fruit or vegetable with dinner each week
- eat together as a family as often as possible
- ask your kids what physical activities would tempt them away from TV/media
- limit kids' screen time to no more than 2 hrs a day
- make a list before grocery shopping
- help your kids be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day
Here is a link to handout with some tips on getting your kids to eat healthy foods, creating a healthy dinner, and healthy snack idea for kids.
Here is a handout on tips for being active as a family.