4 Basic Healthy, Nutrition, Fitness Lessons for Your Kids

These basic healthy, nutrition, fitness and happiness 101s are easy to impart to your family. We bet your kids are already familiar with some of these lessons, but now is a good time to make sure they know them all.

In fact, you’ve probably ingrained most of them already. But it never hurts to reflect on how well your kids are hearing and adhering to life lessons, and checks if it might be time to hit refresh.

Health Lessons for Kids

1. Finish your breakfast:

Landmark studies link even the simplest morning meal (a bowl of cereal with a splash of milk) to better attention spans, sharper fact recall and happier moods in kids.

Newer research also associates morning eating with less obesity, stronger bones and healthier skin and healthy teeth. Children don’t like to see variety at the breakfast table. Keep it simple and healthy breakfast.

A good breakfast is easier than you think, choose the right foods and know that your kids are getting a healthy meal.

• Fruit:
Whole or cut-up fruits or 1/2 cup of orange juice. Fruit supplies carbohydrates (for energy), vitamins A and C, plus a wealth of healthy antioxidants.

• Whole Grains:
Whole wheat toast (look for varieties with at least 3 g of fiber per slice) or hot or cold whole grain cereal. Grains provide carbs, vitamin E, folic acid, and heart-healthy fiber.

• Protein:
Two eggs, 6 to 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, 1 cup of 1 percent milk, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Protein is the building block for growth and for repairing most body systems; dairy sources add bone-building calcium.

2. Eat enough greens:

You can get your tweens to eat healthy – just tell them they did so when they were young. Psychologists at the University of California Irvine convinced college students that they liked to eat asparagus when they were kids. That mews made many students more willing to buy, eat and enjoy veggies.

3. Move every day:

These days, it seems the only exercise many kids get is with their thumbs. The antidote to all this child-hood inertia is you. Studies have shown that when kids see their parents enjoying exercise, they’re more likely to want to do it too.

Exercise doesn’t have to be in a gym-dance, bike, play basket- ball, hopscotch. Just have fun.

4. Love your body:

Studies routinely find that school kids are dissatisfied with their bodies. These self-conscious kids report feelings of depression and insecurity. Easy accessibility to negative messages in the media and on the internet is one of the main reasons for this attitude.

Replace this with a positive home environment. To raise happy, healthy kids, don’t say things which you don’t mean it.

SOURCE: Prevention Health Magazine

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