Research shows that if you eat together as a family, it helps children eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables.
Replace white stuff with the brown stuff…brown rice, whole wheat bread (without corn syrup as an ingredient), whole wheat pasta.
Read the ingredient labels on food packages and choose foods with “whole” in the grain or flour name of the first 3 ingredients.
Add a green vegetable to dinner every night.
Snack right by eating an apple, banana, or strawberries at snack time
School Tool Kit
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reaching young people where they live, learn, and play, and schools play a vital role in addressing childhood obesity by reshaping social and physical environments and providing information, tools, and practical strategies to help students adopt healthy lifestyles.
Toolkit for Parents
As the chief medical officers of their family, parents have to make sure their children are healthy. The most important step in ensuring they achieve that goal starts off with establishing a healthy environment. More than 9 million children nationwide are considered overweight or obese. The long term health impact will have a devastating impact on their lives. Studies indicate that the majority of overweight children become overweight adults. Healthy habits start during childhood. As parents, it’s important to teach kids to eat proper foods and exercise. Obesity is preventative and parents can take the initiative to make sure that their child can have a healthy life.
Toolkit for Communities
Help your community take simple steps to creating a healthy environment for its residents. Communities can hold events and create places that will help people stay active and encourage healthy eating habits.
Having access to the following things helps make a community healthy:
With these things in place, people that live in the community will be likely to live healthier lives. The community plays a big part in our overall health and wellness. However, our community is only as strong as its members. We have to be active participants in making our community a healthy community.