Healthy Back to School Habits
From smart snacking to fitting in family physical activities, keep your kids on the right track this school year with these tips.
Learn the ABCs of saving calories and money when you shop for groceries to pack your kids' lunches.
Always use ads and store bonus cards, which may offer discounts on healthy foods like fruits and veggies.
Buy produce in season or at local farmers markets to cut costs. Fall is often the best time of year to find a wide range of local produce.
Compare brands and package sizes to find the best buy. Be sure to read the Nutrition Facts label on packaged food to choose products with lower numbers for calories, saturated and trans fats, sodium, and sugars.
Turn food shopping into family time after school or on the weekends! Bring your kids along and teach them to look out for healthy choices.
Learn more ways to eat healthy as you get back into the swing of the school year schedule.
Kicking off the school year can be a busy time. These three steps can help you fit in some physical activity.
- Keep track of how your family spends time for one week.
- Start small. Find two 30-minute time slots when your family can be active together after school or on the weekends.
- Get going. Try these great tips:
- Walk your kids to school
- Ride bikes after dinner
- Play baseball
- Jump rope
- Shoot baskets
- Walk the dog
- Play tag
- Rake leaves
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Reduce Screen Time
Kids spend a big part of their day sitting in the classroom; help your children spend less time in front of the TV, computer, and video games—and more time having fun as a family.
Turn off the TV during mealtime and talk with your children about what they learned in school that day. Families who eat together tend to eat healthier.
Limit screen time to two hours each day for children 2 or older.
Suggest playing outside after school and join in the fun.
Be a good role model. If you reduce your screen time and move more, your kids will too!
Find more tips on how you can reduce your family's screen time.