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Healthy snack foods for your child to try:
oFruit canned in juice or light syrup oSmall amounts of dried fruits such as raisins, apple rings, or apricots
oFresh vegetables such as baby carrots, cucumber, zucchini, or tomatoes
oReduced fat cheese or a small amount of peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers
oLow-fat yogurt with fruit
Foods that are small, round, sticky, or hard to chew, such as raisins, whole grapes, hard vegetables, hard chunks of cheese, nuts, seeds, and popcorn can cause choking in children under age 4. You can still prepare some of these foods for young children, for example, by cutting grapes into small pieces and cooking and cutting up vegetables. Always watch your toddler during meals and snacks.
Encourage daily physical activity
Like adults, kids need daily physical activity. Here are some ways to help your child move every day:
∑Set a good example. If your children see that you are physically active and have fun, they are more likely to be active and stay active throughout their lives.
∑Encourage your child to join a sports team or class, such as soccer, dance, basketball, or gymnastics at school or at your local community or recreation center.
∑Be sensitive to your child's needs. If your child feels uncomfortable participating in activities like sports, help him or her find physical activities that are fun and not embarrassing. ∑Be active together as a family. Assign active chores such as making beds, washing car, or vacuuming. Plan active outings such as a trip to zoo or a walk through a local park.
∑Because his or her body is not ready yet, do not encourage your pre-adolescent child to participate in adult-style physical activity such as long jogs, using an exercise bike or treadmill, or lifting heavy weights. FUN physical activities are best for kids.
∑Kids need a total of about 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but this does not have to be all at one time. Short 10- or even 5-minute bouts of activity throughout day are just as good. If your children are not used to being active, encourage them to start with what they can do and build up to 60 minutes a day.
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