How to Keep Your Little Ones Healthy

November 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Health Misc.

How to Keep Your Little Ones Healthy

 

With the rise of instant snack foods and convenient stores, there is no denying that recent times have brought up a generation of overweight children. Technology has also played its part by introducing video games seemingly more favored than exercising and playing outdoor games. Different eating disorders are now diagnosed in an alarmingly increasing rate.

 

This is then the perfect time to know more about the choices and steps we can take to make our children healthier. Changes have to be made in their diet and activities. Here are ways to keep your little ones bright, happy, and healthy.

 

·            Set limits. Buy vegetable snacks and fresh fruits that are just as tasty and way more beneficial than chips and sweets. Kids cannot eat instant snack foods if they are not stocked at home. Also, offer fruit choices to them such as strawberries, apples, oranges, and the like. These are loaded with vitamins and are great substitutes for junk food.

 

·            Prepare balanced meals. Being healthy does not mean depriving your kids of pizza or ice cream. You can always have some once in a while but never make them a staple. When you have them though, include fruits and salad in your meals.

 

·            Refrain from eating in fast food chains. If you decide to eat out, try the restaurants. They have healthier choices than the salty and greasy fried fare in fast food chains.

 

·            Set a time limit for video and computer games. This includes watching television! Thirty minutes of sitting around and playing video games should be enough. Children should be involved in physical activities, which bring us to the next tip.

 

·            Be active! Play outdoor games with your kids. Encourage them to take up sports and do exercise. Kids will not think it of this as exercise or workout at all when they are having fun.

 

·            Sports equipment make great gifts. Children love to get gifts during birthdays and Christmas holidays, so why not give them something that can make them move and stay active?

 

While it is a great challenge to keep our little ones healthy, it can certainly be done. It is always best to start early. Once you begin to teach them to eat right and be physically active, they will develop these good habits as they grow up. They will surely reap the benefits as they become part of the healthier generation.

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