Cut Down on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Water is just fine, thanks: Serve water or milk instead of soda. Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened waters are associated with a range of health conditions, including weight gain/obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. When you substitute water for a single 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda, you can reduce... Continue Reading →

Make Movement Fun!

Kids grow best in motion: Encourage 1 hour of physical activity a day. Workout videos are a great way to get moving at home with family members. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends Fit Kids, a website with a range of home workouts for children. Videos are divided into four groups: warmups,... Continue Reading →

Take Active Breaks

Kids grow best in motion: Encourage 1 hour of physical activity a day. If your family is primarily at home, set a timer for walking or movement breaks. At the beginning of the day, plan where you will walk or what exercise your will do each time the timer goes off. Even if you just... Continue Reading →

Family Meal Planning

Play time, not screen time: Cut screen time to 2 hours or less a day. Are you new to meal planning? Start small. Which meal would be easiest to plan for in advance? Breakfast may be a busy time, or difficult to plan for if household members awake at different times. Dinner tends to be... Continue Reading →

Are You Staying Hydrated at Home?

 Many of our schedules and routines have been disrupted during this time, which can make it difficult to make sure we are getting enough water. Approximately 60 percent of our body consists of water, so it is essential to make our bodies function. Water is vital to the life of every cell in our body,... Continue Reading →

Play Time, Not Screen Time

Stay active, even while indoors. Physical activity plays an important role in mediating mood, improving sleep, and reducing risk of chronic disease. With physical distancing guidelines still in place, it is important to continue providing kids with opportunities to release energy and build strong muscles and bones. Try a plank contest and see which family... Continue Reading →

Dried Fruit

Feed Your Kids a Rainbow Serve 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Did you know that ½ cup of dried fruit counts as one serving? This is because the loss of water during the drying process concentrates the calories and nutrients. Check the nutrition facts label for added sugar when buying dried fruit, as it... Continue Reading →

Feed Your Kids a Rainbow

Serve 5 fruits and vegetables a day. A variety of fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals important for growth, development, and a healthy immune system. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lower rates of diseases like high blood pressure, stroke heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Fruits and vegetables may... Continue Reading →

Track Your Water Intake.

Water is just fine, thanks: Serve water or milk instead of soda. By tracking water intake throughout the day, you can determine whether or not you are getting enough to drink. It’s easy to make adjustments in order to meet your healthy hydration goals! Try these simple tips to improve your water intake: Use a... Continue Reading →

Water is just fine, thanks: Serve water or milk instead of soda.

Water plays many critical roles in maintaining our health and wellbeing.  Fluid in the body accounts for approximately 60% of total body weight.  Many people are quick to rehydrate after exercising or when temperatures rise.  However, adequate fluid intake is important throughout the day, even if there is not significant water loss.  Did you know that we excrete about 2 cups per... Continue Reading →

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