Exercise and Children
Exercise is an important part of keeping children healthy. Encouraging healthy lifestyles in children and teens is important for when they grow older.
Healthy Diets Overview
Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught to children at a young age.
Healthy Eating During Adolescence
Encourage your teen to eat three balanced meals a day, with fruits or vegetables as snacks.
Obesity in Adolescents
Children who are inactive—spending time watching TV or sitting at a computer—are at higher risk for obesity, especially when their diet contains lots of high-calorie foods and beverages.
Preschool children are still developing their eating habits and need encouragement to eat healthy meals and snacks.
School-Aged Child Nutrition
Eating healthy after-school snacks is important at this age, as these snacks may contribute up to one-third of the total calorie intake for the day.
Mealtime with a toddler can be challenging, because children at this age are striving for independence and control. It's best to provide structure and set limits.
Weight Management and Adolescents
For overweight children 7 and older, the initial goal is to keep them from gaining more weight. Changes in eating habits and exercise are gradually introduced to trim pounds.