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Parents play a major role in helping children grow up with healthy habits. Teaching your children to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity at a young age sets them on the path to healthy living for life. Keep these key tips in mind:
Children who eat breakfast tend to have healthier weights. A balanced breakfast includes foods from at least three of the four food groups in Canada's Food Guide. Try these ideas:
Check out this video of quick and easy breakfast ideas.
Offer children a variety of foods from the four food groups in Canada's Food Guide. Teach them that some foods are 'every day' foods and others are 'sometimes' foods.
Get great tips on using Canada’s Food Guide here.
Trust your child to know when he or she is hungry or full.
Involve your children in helping to plan nutritious meals and snacks.
Try these menu planning tools as a family.
Enjoy mealtimes as a family as often as possible to encourage your children to develop healthy eating habits. Mealtimes provide an opportunity to model healthy eating, talk about your day and connect.
Try these suggestions for getting active every day.
Get more tips from a parent's guide to physical activity for kids.
Remember that children learn by example. If they see their parents and siblings enjoying nutritious foods and being active, they will be more likely to follow their lead.
Have questions about healthy eating, physical activity and your kids? Call an EatRight Ontario Registered Dietitian at 1-877-510-510-2 or send an email.
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