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Tips for the Teens

  1. Eat breakfast every morning. People that eat breakfast every morning are less likely to snack throughout the day, and get more vitamins and nutrients over the course of the day.  Starting out the day with a healthy breakfast, allows youth to stay focused in class, rather than listening to your stomach growl!

  2. Serve appropriate portions at meals, and include fruits, veggies, grains, dairy and protein in every meal.

  3. Drink more water instead of sugary drinks like soda.  Invest in reusable water bottles, and always keep them full!

  4. Fast food restaurants are offering “healthier options”, so if you need a quick bite, you don’t have to deviate from nutrition.  And if you decide to get a burger and fries, opt out of the “super size”, which only adds extra calories.

Tips for Parents

  1. Having family meals has been proven to promote healthy eating habits. It is also proven to improve a child’s vocabulary and reading skills, as well as lead to higher grades and academic achievement.

  2. Cook at home, and get your teen involved. Home cooked meals have less calories than meals eaten outside of the house. Cooking with your teens will help them learn about well-balanced nutrition; as well develop their pallet for different types of foods. Educational and healthy!

  3. Have healthy snacks around the house, and limit processed foods. Instead of chips and candy, give your teens fruits, veggies and whole grains.

  4. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your teen’s diet. Homemade smoothies are a great way to sneak in a few extra fruit and dairy products that your teen might otherwise shy away from.

  5. Encourage your teen to be active. Children and teens should be getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.

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