Every child has a unique pattern of growth which can be influenced by healthy habits. Leading a healthy family lifestyle will give your child a great start in life and reduce their risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Encouraging your family to Live 5-2-1-0 is a great way to ensure your child grows up happy and healthy!
Enjoy: 5+ vegetables and fruits every day
By the age of 4, children require at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits every day. To help your child develop healthy tastebuds, introduce new types, colours and textures of vegetables and fruits. What’s one serving? Try a whole piece of fruit, a half cup of fresh or frozen vegetables or a quarter cup of dried fruit.
No more that 2 hours of screen-time each day. (TV, videos games, computer)
Children who spend more time in front of a TV or computer spend less time being active and social. Always put limits on screen-time in your home and keep TVs out of children’s bedrooms. Find fun activities to replace screen-time.
Play actively: At least 1 hour each day
Play is an important way children learn both physical and social skills. Physical activity helps children develop a good level of fitness, improves their performance in school, and increases self-esteem. To get your kids moving, try active family outings and provide space and time for active play.
ZERO sugar-sweetened drinks
Sugar sweetened drinks, such as pop and energy drinks, are not required for healthy growth and development in children. Instead, offer your child water and milk. Got picky drinkers? Try slices of lemon or cucumber to add a refreshing taste to water.
While 100% fruit juice contains nutrients such as Vitamin C it is still high in sugar and should only be an occasional treat (1/2 cup). Choose whole fruit over juice.
Live 5-2-1-0 is the mantra of the SCOPE project, an active partner of Healthy Abbotsford. For more information and tips to Live 5-2-1-0 visit scopebc.ca
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