GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Recent studies by the National Institutes of Health found one in three children is overweight and nearly 17% of US kids are considered obese; one-third of adults are too. That report also says that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
Registered Dietician Pat Baird joined the KARE 11 News at 4 to discuss ways for parents to role model better eating behaviors to get the entire family healthier.
Start with Breakfast!
- Buckets of research show it's the most important meal
- Breakfast eaters - of all ages - weigh less, focus better, are absent less etc.
- Make it simple, make it portable: cereal, sandwich, yogurt & fruit
- Choose better fats: LF/skim milk, soft spreads instead of butter, LF cheeses (and cold cuts)
Foods to Include:
- Simple visual shows what to serve at home; what to order in restaurants
- Look at special needs of kids: calcium, vitamin D, iron,
- Dairy products, fruits and veggies first. Great opportunity to teach kids to cook
- Read food labels carefully; then choose the best. Make it a game to keep it fun
Get More Sleep:
- Research shows adequate sleep (7-9 hours 10-12 for kids!) is essential to better health
- Lack of sleep contributes to weight gain, absenteeism, lack of focus, etc.
- Set a routine for the family
- Monitor electronics; kids: no texting under the covers!
Make it Fun: Track it With Apps:
- Mobile calorie trackers, phone-based pedometers
- My Food-a-Pedia (searches 1,000 foods gives info on each)
- Use cell phone camera as a food diary
- Make this a family activity