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Preventing Childhood Obesity – By june saxton. What Parents Can Do. Give Them a Good Start. 1. Breastfeed 2. Introduce them to a wide variety of foods (Beauchamp & Mennella , 2009) & (Birch & Ventura, 2009). Limit Fast Food. When it is allowed as a special treat:

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give them a good start
Give Them a Good Start
  • 1. Breastfeed
  • 2. Introduce them to a wide variety of foods
  • (Beauchamp & Mennella, 2009) & (Birch & Ventura, 2009)
limit fast food
Limit Fast Food
  • When it is allowed as a special treat:
  • 1. Child sized portions
  • 2. Healthy sides
  • 3. Low or non-fat milk (no sodas!)
  • 4. Skip the mayo
  • 5. Choose a whole wheat bun if available
  • 6. Grilled chicken instead of a burger is a better choice.
  • (AHA, 2011)
use grocery shopping food advertising as a teaching tool
Use grocery shopping & food advertising as a Teaching Tool
  • 1. Read food labels together
  • 2. Involve them in picking healthy food
  • 3. Discuss the advertising with them and help
  • them distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food.
  • (AHA, 2011)
have family meal times cook together
Have Family Meal Times & Cook Together
  • 1. Kids who eat with their parents are more likely to eat healthy.
  • 2. Involving kids in the cooking process helps
  • them develop a healthy relationship with food.
  • (Hammons & Fiese, 2010) & (What is Yum-o, n.d.)
take control of what your child eats at school
Take control of what your child eats at school
  • Unite with other parents to let the school
  • district know that you are concerned about school lunches.
  • 2. Encourage them to teach healthy eating in the classroom.
  • (Jalonick, 2011).
use the usda s new my plate
Use the USDA’s NEW MY Plate
  • Make ½ the plate fruits & vegetables
  • ¼ the plate whole grains
  • ¼ the plate lean protein
  • (USDA, 2011)
make sure that they get exercise daily
Make sure that they get exercise daily.
  • 1. Limit media time.
  • 2. Encourage them to play outdoors.
  • 3. Get them involved in sports.
  • . (Birch et al., 2009)
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