Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 01:44 pm

To help your child maintain a healthy weight, balance the calories your child consumes from foods and beverages with the calories your child uses through physical activity and normal growth. Children and teens should NOT be placed on a weight reduction diet without the consultation of a health care provider.

One part of balancing calories is to eat foods that provide adequate nutrition and an appropriate number of calories. You can help children learn to be aware of what they eat by developing healthy eating habits, looking for ways to make favourite dishes healthier, and reducing calorie-rich temptations.
To help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:

  •     Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.

  •     Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.

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  •     Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.

  •     Serve reasonably-sized portions.

  •     Encourage your family to drink lots of water.

  •     Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.

Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success!

Source: CDC.

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