Maintaining a nutritious diet has major health implications over a life time. A family approach can make a major impact to being a healthy weight, preventing diabetes and minimizing the risk of heart disease! While parents help make sure their kids have healthy meals and snacks every day, you may find that as your kids learn healthy eating they can be a great motivator for you to stay active and maintain a healthy weight, too!
Here are some family lifestyle tips from the National Institutes of Health:
Remember, focusing on promoting small, gradual changes in lifestyle can yield big results! The goal is to help the members of your family replace the tempting low nutrition food (high in fat and sugar) with more nutritious treat (packed with protein, vitamins and minerals). For example, try keeping healthy high protein snacks and bars on hand along with a nice bowl of fruit and avoid the unhealthy snacks such as donuts, potato chips, and candy bars.
This simple replacement cuts calories and fat, increases satiety between meals, boosts energy for tackling the entire family’s hectic daily routines, and provides a foundation so the entire family can lead longer, happier and healthier lives together.
For more tips and healthy recipes check out the http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/