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These days there is a lot of talk about fit kids from parents, doctors, and teachers who all cares, but how do we as parents achieve this?

We say to our kids, eat well, get a lot of exercise and your body will work well, feel good and you can do things like run around with your friends and have fun.  Some part of this is up to parents, by serving healthy meals and deciding to go on a family nature hike, or by enrolling their kids at First Touch for football, multi-sports, and fitness classes. Although it is also important for kids to take charge when it comes to their health.

By following a few simple rules your kids could benefit and enjoy a lifestyle of health and fitness.

We all have our favourite food, but try eating a variety of food, if you eat different foods you are more likely to get the nutrients your body needs.  When it comes to green veggies, some kids will only enjoy them when they get older, make these “attractive” for the younger kids.  Shoot for at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day, three veggies and two fruits.

Try this is might work for you:

  • Add 4 Large strawberries on your cereal for breakfast.
  • Add 6 baby carrots to your lunch.
  • An apple for a snack.
  • For dinner, ½ cup broccoli and 1 cup of salad.

When you are really thirst have a glass of milk or cold water, water is still the best thirst-quencher.  Milk contains calcium to help build strong bones.  100% Juice is great, try to avoid sugary drinks, like sodas as they contain a lot of added sugar.

Learn to listen to your body, when you are eating notice how your body feels and when your tummy feels comfortably full, is time to stop eating.  Eating too much make you feel uncomfortable and could lead to being unhealthy.

For some parents it is difficult to limit screen time as kids loves to spend time watching DVD’s, playing video games, watching TV, using a smart phone, tablet, or computer.  The more time kids spend with these sitting-down activities the less time they have for active fun, like football, bike riding and swimming to name just a few.  Try getting your kids to spend no more than 2 hours a day on screen time, excluding computer work relating to educational activities and school.

Kids need to figure out which activities they like best, whether it is football, multi-sports, fitness etc.  A good idea is to enroll them at a sports club  giving them the opportunity to be part of a team while they are getting fit, active and making new friends.

For parents and kids, it is important to stock your house with healthy foods and plan physical activities for the family.  Remember a fit dad and mom inspires kids to be fit and healthy.

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