Give me five fruits and vegetables a day

Children learn health habits early. They eat what adults give them, and they exercise like people they see at home, in school or on TV. Most of the health choices families make are automatic. Parents do not consider the consequences of poor choices when they are working hard just to get food on the table and keep kids happy.

A plan for better health habits must be easy if parents and children are going to remember what is most important each day. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality – www.nichq. org – originated the following suggestions:

5-3-2-1-Almost None

A simple formula to help keep kids healthy

and active

5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

3 structured meals daily – eat breakfast, less fast food, and more meals prepared at home.

2 hours or less of TV or video games daily.

1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

Almost none: Limit sugar-sweetened drinks to “almost none.”

Following this simple formula will give children better health habits, and it could also help adults live a healthier life style.