Healthy Habits for Children
- Visit your health care provider regularly to make sure your child has all of the immunizations he/she needs and is growing and developing well.
- See your dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations.
- Limit the amount of time your child spends in front of the TV, computer or video games. Do not allow a TV in your child's bedroom.
- Encourage physical activity by becoming an active family and doing things that get everyone moving together.
- Eat a healthy diet. Plan dinner together as a family as often as possible avoiding fast food and fried foods. Include fruits and vegetables in each meal.
- Always eat a healthy breakfast. Check out the school breakfast and lunch programs.
- Limit sugar beverages like soda and juice and encourage your child to drink water and 2-3 cups of low-fat milk per day.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep (9-12 hours per night).
- Teach your children to always wash their hands after using the bathroom, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
- Call your school nurse if you have any questions about your child's health.
9-5-2-1-0 for Health is the main message of the Tipping the Scales for Better Health Campaign. 9-5-2-1-0 for Health provides a simple way to remind our children about five healthy habits which can help them maintain a healthy weight and overall good health.
- 9 - Get at least nine hours of sleep per night.
- 5 - Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
- 2 - Limit screen time outside of school to no more than two hours per day.
- 1 - Get at least one hour of physical activity per day.
- 0 - Eliminate or minimize consumption of beverages with sugar added.
For more information, visit the Tipping the Scales for Better Health Campaign website.
When we help our children practice these behaviors we empower them to avoid unhealthy weight and live happier, healthier lives.