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How to lead a healthy lifestyle

There are five simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle:

1. Get active each day

·                                 Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people.

·                                 They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’.

·                                 Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active.

2. Choose water as a drink

·                                 Water is the best way to quench your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in fruit juices, soft drinks and other sweetened drinks.

·                                 Reduced fat milk for children over two is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium.

·                                 Give kids whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices that have a lot of sugar.

3. Eat more fruit and vegetables

·                                 Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

·                                 Aim to eat two servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables every day.

·                                 Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegetables in every meal.

4. Switch off the screen and get active

·                                 Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese.

·                                 Children and young people should spend no more than two hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment.

·                                 Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.

5. Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives

·                                 Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs.

·                                 Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.

·                                 Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as crisps, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight.