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A Few Basic Tips on Healthy Eating

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Daily physical activity is only one part of the equation for optimal health and well-being for both you and your children. It must be coupled with healthful eating. This important food-fitness connection is what it's all about. By adopting an active lifestyle and choosing to eat healthful foods, you encourage children to follow your good example.

The first step toward helping your child eat a healthier diet is making a variety of nutritious foods readily available for snacks and at mealtime, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. Follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Then your child can choose what he or she likes best.

Make family meals a priority beginning with the first meal of the day. Research shows that children who eat breakfast are better nourished than breakfast-skippers and are more likely to meet their daily need for certain essential vitamins and minerals. Eating breakfast improves alertness and helps children feel like getting up and moving. To help make breakfast a daily habit, keep an assortment of healthy foods available. Good choices include whole grain cereals, non-fat or low-fat milk, yogurt, and fruit.

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