Simple tips for a healthier lifestyle

Simple tips for a healthier lifestyle

A balanced diet and physical activity are essential for healthy living


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WASHINGTON, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — When it comes to having a healthy lifestyle, eating fruits and vegetables is just one piece of the puzzle. For a long-term healthy lifestyle, you’ll need to find a balance between good eating habits and physical activity.

That’s the message from the “Let’s move!” campaign, a nationwide initiative designed to fight the growing rate of childhood obesity, and promote a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.

Here are a few simple tips to help you and your children live a healthier life:

— Eat five fruits and vegetables every day.

Fruits and vegetables are important sources of

essential vitamins, regardless of your age.

Plus, they also help you manage your weight.

Serve fruits and vegetables to children by

mixing them with other foods —such as adding

broccoli to rice, or vegetables to a sandwich.

You can also blend them and make a nutritious,

flavorful and 100% natural fruit and vegetable

juice.

— Prepare dishes that are low in fat and sugars.

For a healthier diet, buy low-fat milk, yogurt

and cheese, as well as cereals low in sugar.

Also, try baking or grilling dishes like fish

and poultry instead of frying them. If you do

plan to fry food, use vegetable or olive oil

instead of lard or butter.

— Serve healthy snacks. It’s always a good idea

to have healthy snacks around, especially if

you have children. You can serve something

simple, healthy, and delicious by cutting up

some carrots, strawberries or apples. Tell

your children to ask you for permission before

eating a snack that has too much sugar. That

way it will be easier for you to decide how

many sugary treats they get to eat.

— Keep an eye on portion sizes. Portion sizes

can have an impact on how much you eat, even

after you are full. You can avoid overeating

at your kitchen table by serving smaller

portions, particularly to children. If they

want more, they can ask for a second portion.

Also, avoid making them eat everything on the

plate if they say they are full.

— Turn the TV off and go outside. Televisions

are not the only devices that promote

sedentary lifestyles. These days, computers,

tablets and smart phones offer round-the-clock

entertainment. Put these devices away for a

moment and go to the park, ride a bike, run or

walk. Children should engage in moderate

physical activities for 60 minutes a day.

— Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for a

healthy lifestyle, particularly when it comes

to children. A recent study found that a child

is 9 percent less likely to be overweight or

obese for every additional hour of sleep he or

she gets each night. Children who are five

years or younger need 11 hours of sleep per

day; children between 5 and 10 need 10 hours

per day; and children older than 10 need nine

hours of sleep.

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Simple tips for a healthier lifestyle