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Practical help

What practical help can I give?

To promote a healthy lifestyle, children should be encouraged to:
  • Increase their physical activity
  • Adopt healthier eating habits
  • Reduce the time spent doing sedentary activities
Think of it as a long-term change rather than a quick fix. Here are some general guidelines:
  • Be a role model – they should see that you exercise and eat a balanced diet.
  • Encourage the whole family to make healthy food choices and become a more active rather than singling out your overweight child.
  • Do not impose restrictions on their eating habits that are different from other family members.
  • Limit TV viewing and computer time for the whole family. Don`t eat in front of the TV.
  • Always talk about food in a positive way. Discourage talk about weight unless the child brings it up.

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