Tips for healthy living

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

  • Try to eat a colorful variety of five fruits and vegetables each day

Make at least half your grains whole.

  • Pick 100% whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, and snacks.

Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, cheeses, and yogurts.

  • It has the same needed nutrients (like calcium) as whole milk, but with less fat and calories.

Eat more meals at home.

  • In place of take out, spend family time making a healthy meal.

Make some foods occasional foods and not every day foods.

  • Like hot dogs, pizza, cheese, sausages, and desserts. These items are high in sodium, sugar, and fat.

Limit the amount of sugary drinks.

  • Drink water or 100% fruit juices instead of fruit-flavored drinks.

Choose non-food rewards.

  • In place of a food reward, read an extra bed-time story to your child, or plan a special trip to the park or museum.

Get up and move for at least 60 minutes.

  • Find activities that you enjoy doing and fit them in every day.

Minimize screen time to less than two hours a day.

  • This includes TV, computers, smart phones, tablets, and video games.