Your child will do better in school if her food provides her body with the fuel it needs. Plenty of exercise is important, too.
But what if, like many her age, she's not meeting those goals? What if your whole family isn't?
Make small changes one at a time. One positive change contributes to a healthier
child. One positive change can also start your family on a path to wellness.
Here are some ideas -- from schools around America:
- Focus on fat. Cook with canola or olive oil. Switch to low-fat products. If you drink whole milk, try two percent, then try one percent.
- Skip the soda. Replace at least one glass of soda each day with a glass of water. All sodas --even diet sodas-- are carbonated, and that fizz robs calcium from the body.
- Walk with a purpose. Do an errand on foot with your child. If that's not possible, park far away from your errand, and walk from your parking space.
http://www.asbj.com/wellness/S4.html Source: Amy Joyner, "Getting to Wellness," American School Board Journal