Parent Tip Sheets

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Are you looking for ideas to help your family eat healthy, get active, and reduce screen time? Try using the helpful tips in We Can!’s parent tip sheets with your family.

To help families and communities reduce screen time, We Can!® has developed a variety of useful, evidence-based materials and information.

Weight Management

Calories Needed Each Daypdf document icon (165 KB PDF)

This tip sheet explains the calories needed each day for boys and men, and for girls and women by age and three levels of physical activity.

Energy Balance: ENERGY IN & ENERGY OUTpdf document icon (786 KB PDF)

Use this worksheet to better understand how balancing energy in and energy out can help your family maintain a healthy weight.

Get Started! Eating Healthy and Moving Morepdf document icon (91 KB PDF)

Try these tips from We Can! to eat well and move more and see how easy taking small steps toward a healthier life can be.

Healthy Back to School Habits | PDFpdf document icon (83 KB PDF)

Keep your kids on the right track this school year with these tips for eating right, getting active, and reducing screen time.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Families | PDFpdf document icon (104 KB PDF)

Learn fun ways families can support each other in eating right, getting active, and reducing screen time.

Knowing What Your Weight Meanspdf document icon (98 KB PDF)

Body Mass Index—or BMI—and waist size are two numbers that can help you decide if your weight is healthy, or if you need to make some changes. This tip sheet explains how to find both and what they mean.

We Can! Parent Tips: Be a Good Health Role Modelpdf document icon (835 KB PDF)

Find tips for using your power as a role model to make your home a healthy eating zone, get your family moving, and limit screen time.

We Can! Parent Tips: Healthy Families, Healthy Weightpdf document icon (88 KB PDF)

This tip sheet provides an overview of the We Can! program and tips for living a healthier lifestyle with their kids.

Words You Should Knowpdf document icon (97 KB PDF)

Learn the meaning of words related to maintaining a healthy weight, such as calorie balance, overweight, and portion size.

Visit the Weight Management Tools and Resources page for more resources.

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Nutrition and Healthy Eating

At the Store - Save Money and Shop Healthypdf document icon (870 KB PDF)

Find tips for saving money and eating better.

Compare and Save: Eat Healthy, Spend Lesspdf document icon (115 KB PDF)

Find examples of how healthy meals and snacks can save you calories and money.

Cooking with Healthier Fats and Oilspdf document icon (93 KB PDF)

When you do use fats and oils, choose those with less saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Use this chart to help you choose products with less saturated fat that are healthier for you and your family.

Eat Healthy, Move More Chartpdf document icon (122 KB PDF)

Use this chart to track what your family is doing to eat healthy and move more each week.

Get Started! Eating Healthy and Moving Morepdf document icon (91 KB PDF)

Try these tips from We Can! to eat well and move more and see how easy taking small steps toward a healthier life can be.

Getting Kids in the Kitchenpdf document icon (85 KB PDF)

Cooking with your children is a good way to build healthy eating habits. Using this tip sheet, learn what kids can do at every age to help you prepare meals!

Healthy Snacks—100 Calories or Lesspdf document icon (81 KB PDF)

Find ideas for tasty and healthy snacks that will help you and your family stay at a healthy weight.

Help Your Kids Eat Healthy and Move Morepdf document icon (1.2 MB PDF)

Find tips for teaching your children to eat healthy and to be more active.

How Much Sugar and Calories Are in Your Favorite Drink?pdf document icon
(306 KB PDF)

Many people don’t realize just how much sugar and calories we drink in a day. Use this tip sheet to help your family make smart choices by substituting no- or low-calorie drinks for sugar-sweetened ones.

How to Use the Nutrition Facts Labelpdf document icon (107 KB PDF)

Most packaged foods have a Nutrition Facts label. This tip sheet shows you how to use the label to make healthy food choices.

Making Healthier Food Choicespdf document icon (1.3 MB PDF)

Find tips to help you make healthier food choices for your family when eating in or dining out.

Opciones para una alimentación saludable (Choices for Healthy Eating)pdf document icon (426 KB PDF)

Available in Spanish only, this tip sheet provides additional information about using the variedad (VAR) concept to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

Portion Size Matterspdf document icon (111 KB PDF)

Learn why portion size matters and how you can eat smaller portions.

Recetas divertidas y saludables (Fun and Healthy Recipes)pdf document icon
(692 KB PDF)

Available in Spanish only, this tip sheet provides easy recipes to encourage healthy eating habits in families.

Save Money By Cooking Smarterpdf document icon (125 KB PDF)

This resource offers tips for cooking healthy meals for your family on a tight budget and healthy cooking and baking substitutions.

Secrets to Making Healthy and Fun School Lunchespdf document icon (85 KB PDF)

Use this tip sheet to learn how to make a healthy lunch that your kids will look forward to eating.

USDA Food Pattern and the DASH Eating Planpdf document icon (78 KB PDF)

This tip sheet helps you find out what amount of food is healthy for you and your family.

We Can! GO, SLOW, and WHOA Foodspdf document icon (106 KB PDF)

This tip sheet explains the difference between "Go Foods," "Slow Foods," and "Whoa Foods." You can eat Go Foods almost anytime. Eat Slow Foods less often, and eat Whoa Foods only once in a while or on special occasions.

We Can! Parent Tips: Picky Eaterspdf document icon (1.8 MB PDF)

Turn the picky eater in your family into a healthy eater using these tips.

Weekly Meal Plannerpdf document icon (318 KB PDF)

Use this tool to help plan healthier meals for your family. It includes ideas for healthier breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Visit the Nutrition Tools and Resources page for more resources.

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Physical Activity

Be Active and Have Funpdf document icon (80 KB PDF)

Try these tips from We Can! to help increase daily physical activity and have fun at the same time.

Get Started! Eating Healthy and Moving Morepdf document icon (91 KB PDF)

Try these tips from We Can! to eat well and move more and see how easy taking small steps toward a healthier life can be.

We Can! Move More Every Daypdf document icon (94 KB PDF)

Use this worksheet to record expected physical activity for your family including time, day of the week, and who will participate.

Visit the Physical Activity Tools and Resources page for more resources.

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Reducing Screen Time

Help Your Kids Reduce Screen Time and Move Morepdf document icon (1.3 MB PDF)

Follow these simple tips to help your children reduce their screen time and spend more time being active.

We Can! Screen Time Chartpdf document icon (141 KB PDF)

Fill out this screen time chart to see how much time your family spends in front of a screen.

Visit the Reduce Screen Time Tools and Resources page for more resources.

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Last Updated: February 16, 2014

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