Children don’t usually think about staying healthy so adults must help them. Kids who are fit, feel good, have a body that works well, and can do any activity they want. Kids should do the following things, with adult help, to make sure they stay fit.
Step 1: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of foods. Many kids have their favorite foods but eating a variety of foods is more likely to provide the body with needed nutrients. Kids should have two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables per day. Adults should encourage children to taste new foods and re-try old ones not sampled in a while.
Step 2: Drink a lot of milk and water. Cold water is the best way to quench thirst after playing. Milk serves as an excellent source of calcium that is required to develop strong bones. Children under age nine should drink at least two cups of milk each day. Milk can be interchanged with other foods rich in calcium like yogurt or cheese.
Step 3: Limit the sugary drinks such as fruit punch, juice cocktails, and soda. The sugar does not add nutrients, it adds calories. Instead, drink 100 percent juice.
Step 4: Pay attention to how the body feels when it is full. Stop eating at this point. Eating too much can make a person uncomfortable and can lead to gaining an unhealthy amount of weight.
Step 5: Limit the amount of sedentary time. Playing video games, watching television and movies, and using a computer are not exercise. Limit these activities to two hours or less per day, unless their use is school-related. Get outside and play a game or sport, ride a bike, or swim.
Step 6: Adults should help children find favorite activities and encourage kids to engage in these regularly.