Updated: 09/21/2018 3:39 PM | Print Story |  Email

Maintaining Healthy Weights in Kids

Back in the day, the Food Pyramid was the guideline that doctors used for guiding their patients on proper diet recommendations.  Now, the pyramid is a thing of the past but doctors are still in favor of a balanced diet.  Now, their concerns though have shifted to screen time and sugar.  Whitney Worley from Entira Family Clinics explains.    

1.    Talking to Kids About Weight

  • Create an environment of support
  • Use words like “unhealthy weight” instead of “obese”
  • Talk about growing into a healthy body

2.    Promote Healthy Weight

  • Recruit family as agents of change
  • Limit screen time
  • Avoid snacking around meals
  • Limit sugary drinks

3.    Use the 5–2–1–0 Strategy

  • 5 fruits & Veggies a day
  • 2 hours of screen time or less per day
  • 1 hour of activity each day
  • 0 sweetened beverages