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223 N. Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Healthy Bites: July 2012

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Obesity

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has come up with the following tips to help you and your family to take positive steps.

Become a Better Health Model: If your child sees you making a real effort to improve your own habits, they will start to realize that being healthy is really important.

Talking Healthy with Your Kids: Talking to your child about issues like health, weight and fitness can be tricky. It is important to start the discussion in a sensitive and effective way. Emphasizing healthy changes in eating and exercise behaviors rather than weight loss is one strategy to help boost their self-confidence.

Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters: Help even the pickiest eater enjoy healthy mealtimes by including giving them a say in what they eat, sitting down together to eat as a family and getting them more involved in the kitchen.

Turn It Off: Limiting Screen Time: The average child or adolescent spends four to five hours a day in front of a screen. Turning the TV off during mealtime and taking the TV sets out of your kids’ bedrooms are 2 simple ways to cut back on screen time.

For more great ideas on each of the steps listed above, go to the following website below and click on the “Parenting to Prevent Obesity” section on the left.

To schedule an appointment for individualized nutrition guidance for your child, call 201-634-5371.

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