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Help Your Child Be Happy & Healthy

We all know that getting your kids to eat a balanced diet is important in helping them to be healthy, right?

But did you know that there are other factors that influence whether they grow up fit and strong – and that you could help them?

Recent research by the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University in New York1, suggests 12 influences that will set kids on a good path to adult health.

YOUR CHILD …

1.    Has good friends
2.    Gets enough sleep
3.    Drinks water more often than soft drink or juice
4.    Isn’t bullied

FOOD …

5.    Is not used as a reward
6.    Is not used as punishment

YOU OFTEN …

7.    Prepare meals for your child
8.    Prepare meals from scratch for your child
9.    Talk to your child about nutrition
10.  Play outdoors with your child

FAMILY HISTORY …

11.   You maintain a healthy body weight
12.   Your parents maintained a healthy body weight

If you can help with some of these, your kids will thank you – one day!

 


1Bevelander, Kaipainen, Swain, Dohle, Bongard, Hines & Wansink (PLOS ONE 2014)

 

 

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