HEALTHY HABITS: Quick Tips for Parents and Caregivers

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Learn Strategies for coping with uncertain or limited access to affordable, nutritious food and get tips for teaching your child healthy eating habits.

        Quick Tips for Parents and Caregivers


        Children need about 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Try breaking this up into several 10- to 15-minute daily play sessions. A little movement really adds up!


        Make reading active by taking cues from stories: Is a character running? You and your child can run in place. Are children in the story dancing? Dance along, too!


        If rain is keeping you indoors, get moving by playing some favorite music and doing a sunny jig to chase the clouds away. Or, BE the weather—swirl like the wind, or stomp and clap like thunder.


        Explore the great outdoors! Take a family hike around the neighborhood, or a nature walk through the park.


        Together, plan a meal that includes at least three different colors, like red peppers, black beans, and brown rice. At mealtime, call out colors for your child to munch on.


        Involve your child in grocery shopping. Help her make her own shopping list and ask her to hunt for each item.


        Challenge your child to try a new food at mealtime. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, or low-fat dairy products.


        Explore "anytime" and "sometime" foods. Explain to your child that fruits and vegetables are "anytime" foods. They are so good for you that you can eat them every day. Foods like cookies, chips, and soda are called "sometime" foods because they are high in sugar, fat, or salt and should only be eaten once in a while.