There are five simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:
1. Get active each day:
For healthy growth and development, regular physical activity is very important. One should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
2. Choose water as a drink
Water is the best way to satisfy your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in fruit juices, soft drinks and other sweetened drinks.
3. Eat more fruit and vegetables
Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.
Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meal.
4. Switch off the screen and get active
Children and young people should spend no more than two hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment. Break up long periods of use as often as possible.
Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.
5. Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives
Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs.
Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.
Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight.