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Eat together as a family once every day. When families eat together they eat healthier meals. Children learn to eat healthy when they see their parents eat healthy. Click here to learn why
family meals are important
Plan easy meals for the entire week. Take the time to
plan your meals
for the week and stick to your list when shopping. Try the interactive
menu planning tool at Dietitians of Canada to get you started. Check out the
planning, shopping and cooking tips and videos
Eat breakfast every day
Limit beverages that are high in sugar. Drinking too many sugar beverages can limit a child’s intake of important nutrients. Re-think what you and your kids are drinking and try to serve water or milk to
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Limit juice - for children aged one to six, limit 100% juice to no more than 4-6 oz (125-175 mL) a day. Juice is filling and can affect children’s appetites. Children may miss out on important nutrients as result of drinking too much juice. Offer fruit instead of juice to get the benefit of fibre and other nutrients.
Eat a fruit or vegetable
with each meal or snack.
Dine out less
and down size fast food choices.
Become familiar with
Reduce screen time. Check out the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children
ages 5 - 11
aged 12 - 17
Place limits on TV watching, computer time or video game playing to no more than one hour per day. Start with 30 minutes less each day. Make screen time active time
• use commercial breaks to stretch and move around
• take breaks when at the computer or playing video games
• get up and walk around the house, run up the stairs or stretch to the ceiling.
• try “on the spot hip hop” for ten minutes. It is refreshing and helps you reach your physical activity goals.
Be more active
Help kids feel good about themselves
Be a role model
Get enough rest
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