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Tips and Resources For Healthy Families
Eating healthy and staying active are two important things you can do for your health. Using community resources can make it easier to find ways to eat healthy and be physically active.
How Can I Keep My Family Eating Healthy?
Making healthy food choices can be simple! Here are some healthy eating tips:
For more ideas on how to help your family eat healthy visit these websites:
American Heart Association Nutrition Center. The American Heart Association has information about heart-smart shopping, healthy cooking and recipes, and tips for how to eat healthy when eating out:
How Can I Keep My Family Active?
Adding physical activity to your day can be easy! Here are a few ideas:
Here are some other resources you can use to help your family stay active:
American Heart Association Physical Activity. The American Heart Association has physical activity guidelines, as well as tips and resources to help you be more active. Visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/Physical-Activity_UCM_001080_SubHomePage.jsp.
CDC – Take Action for Me and My Family. This website from the CDC has information about what you can do to help your family be more active. It includes information on how much activity adults and children need, as well as success stories and tips for getting started. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/strategies/meAndFamily.html.
Be Active Your Way. In 2008, the U.S. Government put out Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that provide health benefits. Be Active Your Way helps you learn how to use the guidelines in your everyday life. Visit http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/adults.aspx.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Physical Activity Resources. This website includes a list of resources parents can use to help their children be more active. Visit http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/tools/physical-activity/at-home.php.
How Can I Use My Community’s Resources?
Your community probably has resources (some of them free!) to help families be more healthy. Here are some possibilities:
Here are some other resources to help you find out what’s available in your community:
What Are Other Resources I Can Use To Keep My Family Healthy?
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® We Can! is a program developed by the National Institutes of Health to help children ages 8-13 stay at a healthy weight by eating right, moving more, and reducing screen time. Visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/.
Last Updated September 2013