Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for All
A Note to Parents:
Good health starts with you!
You are role models for your children. Your children watch your health habits. They see what you eat and how often you move. Until they are much older they rely on you to feed them and to choose what gets brought home from the grocery store. They eat what you cook or offer them. Do you know as much as possible about good nutrition? Do you understand portion size? Do you know how to read labels? Do you think children should drink juice or soda? Do you know all the reasons exercise is important? Can you think of any changes you can make to your lifestyle that can set a better example for your child?
The first step is to become an expert. Explore all the links we have provided. They are fun and informative and all lead to an enormous amount of information and ideas. Talk to us and ask questions at any visit. If you have a particular concern and need more help schedule a consult visit where we can spend more time individualizing a plan for you and your child.
- Healthy Weight—its not a diet but a lifestyle
- Tips for Parents on how to help your child maintain a healthy weight
- Child and Teen BMI calculator
- How to Read a Food Label
- Portion distortion take the slide show test
- What does a portion look like? card for wallet
KidsHealth from Nemours, selected pages:
- Nutrition and Fitness Center For Parents
- Nutrition and Fitness Center For Kids
- Nutrition and Fitness Center For Teens
- For Parents: Overweight and Obesity, leading by example
- For Kids: Be a Fit Kid
- For Teens: Take 5 Tips for Life
- Benefits of Exercise
- Physical Activity for Everyone, How much do you really need?
- Information for kids age 9-13 about healthy lifestyle choices with games, quizzes and interactive features designed by the CDC BAM, body and mind project.
- Make Weight Loss a Family Affair—from the Mayo Clinic
Visit MyPlate.gov where you can learn all about the different food groups and the recommended amounts to eat each day for all age groups.
Explore the Pyramid for Kids– interactive games
The Food Guide Pyramid from Kidshealth
Dekalb Pediatric Center Tips for Successful Weight Management and Healthy Living
- Decrease portion size
- Decrease or eliminate fast food
- Decrease or eliminate soda and juice
- Keep a food and exercise journal
- Walk 10,000 steps per day
- Aim for 60 minutes of physical activity per day
We are trained and certified by the CHOA Strong4Life Team and fully support their activities geared toward keeping Georgia’s kids healthy and tackling the obesity epidemic.