Healthy Gifts to Last a Lifetime
MN WIC Program
Not all gifts come wrapped in paper and tied with a bow. In fact, the gifts that usually last the longest are the ones that can't be put in a box. Gifts like feeling cared for and knowing that you're loved and special.
Be a role model and show your child how to eat healthy foods and be active. It is a gift that he'll use the rest of his life.
- Vary Your Vegetables
- Vegetables are "super foods" that help prevent disease.
- They should be a part of almost every meal.
- Choose a rainbow of colors to get all the benefits.
- Make 1/2 Your Grains Whole Grains
- Whole grains have important nutrients that are lost when grains are processed.
- Look for "whole" before the grain name in the food package ingredient list.
- Focus on Fruits
- Satisy a sweet tooth with these nutrition packed gems.
- Just like vegetables, variety is best.
- Go easy on juice. Whole fruit is a better choice.
- Know Your Fats
- Make the most of your fats from fish, nuts and vegetable oils.
- Limit solid fats like butter, stick margarine and shortening.
- Choose lean meats and eat more beans, chicken or fish.
- Serve fat free skim or 1% milk to family members over 2 years of age.
- Do Activities that make your heat beat harder for 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Children and teenagers need to be active at least 60 minutes each day.
- Make being active with your child a part of your regular family routine.
- Children love the time you spend playing with them.
- Family exercise builds strong bodies and strong families.
- It also uses up kid energy so they'll sleep better.
- Go to Learntobehealth.org for steps to a healthier you.