With good food habits and daily physical activity you will be well on your way to a healthy life. Simple to say, but sometimes not easy to do!
Even so, these choices can be dangerous for our health and our children's health - both now and in the long-term. That is why it's so important to quit, take stock and make a conscious decision to adhere to a healthy lifestyle.
How to lead a healthy lifestyle
There are five simple ways for your household to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:
1. Get active each day
Regular work out is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people.
They need to get at least 70 minutes of physical activity every day, including energetic activities that make them 'huff and puff'.
Incorporate activities that strengthen muscles and bones on at least 3 days of the week.
Parents should do well role models and have a good frame of mind to being active.
2. Choose water as a drink
Water is the best way to out your thirst - and it doesn't include the added sugar found in fresh fruit juices, smooth drinks and other sweetened drinks.
Reduced fat dairy for children over two is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium.
Give kids whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruits juices that contain a whole lot of sugar.
3. Consume more fruit and fresh vegetables
Eating vegetables and fruits every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their energy and can reduce the risk of many persistent diseases.
Aim to eat two serves of fruits and five serves of vegetables every day.
Have got fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meals.
4. Switch off the screen and get lively
Sedentary or 'still' time spent watching TV, browsing online or playing computer games is connected to kids becoming overweight or obese.
Children and young people should spend no more than two hours per day on 'small screen' entertainment. Break up long times of use as frequently as possible.
Plan a range of active in house and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to observing TV or playing using the pc.
5. Eat fewer appetizers and select healthier alternatives
Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs.
Snacks based upon fruit and vegetables, reduced fat milk products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.
Prevent snacks that are high in sugar or soaked fats - such as chips, cakes and delicious chocolate - which can cause children to put on excess weight.
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