Healthy Eating & Physical Health

Early childhood obesity continues to be a problem in our community, but there are simple ways to make healthy changes as a family. Check out the resources below for simple tips, delicious recipes, and more!

10 Steps to a Healthier You

FIRST 5, together with the Healthier Kids Foundation and the Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System, has developed the following steps for making simple, healthy changes for your family:
  • Eat 5–9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Drink water instead of soda or other sweet drinks
  • Eat fruit instead of drinking juice
  • Choose a healthy, natural snack (fruit is best) instead of packaged snacks (cheese puffs, chips, or crackers)
  • For children older than 2 years of age, drink low-fat (1%) or non-fat (skim) milk
  • Eat three meals a day. Breakfast is especially important.
  • Be active/play outside at least 1 hour every day*
  • Choose only one TV program (or none) per day
  • Get enough sleep


To find more information on how to incorporate these changes into your daily routine

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Healthy Recipes

Through a series of bilingual storybooks, FIRST 5’s healthy mascot Potter the Otter encourages little ones to drink water, stay active, and eat healthy! Click on the links below to read about Potter’s healthy adventures.

Cooking together at home with your little one is a great way to get them excited about eating healthy. Involve them in the process by asking them to help out with small tasks like stirring ingredients together. As you cook, try pointing out the different colors and shapes of the fruits and veggies you are using.

Check out these books for simple, healthy recipes to make together!

Fast, Fresh and Fun – Food from First 5
Yummy for Your Tummy
Kids Gets Cooking


Childhood Feeding Collaborative

The Childhood Feeding Collaborative aims to prevent chronic, lifestyle-related health conditions in children by helping them grow into happy, competent, and healthy eaters. Click the links below to learn more about the Childhood Feeding Collaborative including their five keys to raising a healthy, happy eater, tips for family meals, and other helpful resources.

Childhood Feeding Collaborative



Our healthy eating and physical activity podcasts offer simple ways to help families and little ones develop healthy habits – including fun gardening tips and ways to handle a picky eater!