3 Keys to Kids’ Health this Holiday Season
December 14, 2010
Do yourself and your kids a favor by role-modeling healthy eating and physical activity during this holiday season.
1. Role-modeling Healthy Behaviors
As families gather:
- Show your kids how to eat healthy portions of foods and treats by using moderation in your own eating.
- Choose to eat healthy snacks between meals like raw veggies and low fat Ranch dressing, low fat cheese and whole grain crackers, or fruit.
- Encourage healthy balance by making time for fun physical activity for yourself and the kids. Depending on the weather, organize a family touch football game, take a hike, go sledding, or build a snowman.
2. Plan ahead for holiday eating.
- Offer to bring a fruit or veggie platter with a low fat dip to a gathering, so you can ensure there will be lower fat/sugar foods to eat.
- Choose your beverages wisely. Set a limit for higher sugar/fat drinks (punch, soda, egg nog). Water is your healthiest choice!
- Bring healthy snacks (raw veggies, graham crackers, single serving nuts, fresh fruit) to work to resist holiday treats that show up at the office.
- Keep holiday treats out of sight at home. Plan to eat those foods at a set time, such as dinner dessert, instead of nibbling throughout the day.
3. Plan ahead for physical activity.
- Get up a little earlier to stretch or do yoga for a great start to your day!
- Commit to walking during your lunch break. Bring a healthy sack lunch, grab a co-worker to go with you, and you both may develop a healthy habit!
- Climb the stairs, park a little further away–add more movement in your daily routines.
What tips work for you?