Give your children building blocks for a healthy lifestyle by teaching them
the importance of good nutrition and regular physical activity. Eating well and
being physically active every day are keys to your child's health and
well-being. Eating too many high calorie foods and getting too little physical
activity can lead to excessive weight gain and physical health problems, such
as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, now being diagnosed in children.
Obesity also is associated with an increased risk of other health problems such
You play an important role in helping your child, and the entire family,
learn about healthy eating and regular physical activity. Parents have the
power to set examples. Make healthy eating and daily physical activity fun, to
help children learn good habits to last a lifetime. This brochure provides some
tips on how you can promote healthy eating habits and encourage active
lifestyles in your family.
At one time or another, most parents wonder how their child is stacking up
in school. Part of answering that is knowing when kids should learn to read,
write, and do different kinds of math?
Ross A. Thompson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of
California at Davis tells WebMD there is a wide range of normal variation in
many areas for young children. This can make it difficult, he says, to tell if
a delay is really a problem. Thompson also says that measuring children against
Help your children develop healthy eating habits at an early age.
Nutritious food is something to enjoy. It helps children grow strong and gives
Set an example for active living by moving with your kids. Your kids pay
attention to you, they really do!
Teach your children that good health depends on the right balance between
what they eat and how much they move.
It's never too late! Small steps make a big difference.
Body Mass Index: A Useful Tool
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used to assess overweight and risk for
overweight. Children's body fatness changes over the years as they grow, and
boys and girls differ as they mature, so it is important to use a BMI measure
specifically designed for children. Many schools have begun routine BMI
measurement for students as one tool to help identify those at risk of obesity.
If you are concerned about your child's weight, ask your pediatrician or school
clinic about the BMI for children. For more information on BMI for children,