Fit & Trim Kids

In this month’s issue of ParentLife, Evelyn Hanes gave some very helpful guidelines for healthy weight loss in our "A Healthy Life" department. But what about the kids? What should children do to maintain a healthy weight? Check out the following guidelines for kids from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  • July_12_eating.jpgEat five fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Participate in one hour of physical exercise each day.
  • Limit screen time to less than two hours each day.
  • Limit sugar sweetened drinks.
  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Choose low-fat dairy products (ages 2 and up).
  • Eat meals together as a family.
  • Limit fast food, take out, and eating out.
  • Prepare foods at home as a family.
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium and fiber.

Following these guidelines for your child will help him grow healthy and strong … and they are good guildelines for the whole family!

What healthy habits does your family have that might help other families who want to lead a healthier lifestyle? Share your ideas with us by leaving a comment!


  1. I make up little Tupperware bowls with cleaned, cut, reading to eat: cherry tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, celery, grapes, and whole strawberries when they are in season. My kids know they can get whichever bowl they want anytime they are hungry for a ‘snack’ without having to ask me. Having these made up ahead of time makes packing lunches much faster too!

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