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
- 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
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!
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.
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!