Nutrition and Physical Activity

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A balanced healthy diet is essential for your child to support their development and growth through each stage of life. How your child eats will have a major impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood. A healthy diet along with regular physical activity can help children develop strong bones, grow healthy, concentrate at school and maintain a healthy weight. Consuming nutritious foods such as nutrient-dense fresh fruit and vegetables provide children with many essential nutrients needed to help children and teens grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 25% of all children ages 2 to 18 years now meet the criteria for being overweight. Teaching your child good nutrition habits from a young age can decrease the likelihood of he/she becoming overweight which can lead to a greater risk for many major health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. The way children eat influences their health and growth during childhood, during their teen years and for the rest of their lives. Proper nutrition and physical activity are the foundation for a healthy life.

Helpful links:

https://www.cdc.gov/bam/

http://www.capecodextension.org/nutrition/

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/

https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/index.htm

http://www.newenglanddairycouncil.org/