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Health Tip: Keep Your Child at a Healthy Weight

Promote healthier eating and activity

(HealthDay News) -- Teaching your child about healthy eating and exercise can help reduce the youngster's risk of obesity and associated health problems.

The Cleveland Clinic suggests:

  • Promoting healthy eating at home by offering whole grains, fruit and vegetables, healthy proteins and low-fat dairy.
  • Adjusting favorite recipes to make them healthier.
  • Limiting snacks that are high in fat and salt. Instead, offer an apple or banana, a cup of blueberries, grapes, carrots or peppers.
  • Teaching kids the benefits of exercise, from stronger bones to better self esteem.
  • Encouraging kids to exercise by swimming, dancing, jumping rope or going for a walk. Limit screen time to no more than two hours per day.
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