Parents, Make These Healthy Eating Habits Part of Your Back-to-School Plan
The start of a new school year is a great time to recommit to your weight loss and healthy living goals! As you establish a regular school-day routine, be sure to add exercise and healthy meals into the daily plan. Here are some tips from the health experts at RediClinic.
Simple Tips for a Healthier Family
- Make breakfast a priority. There is a sizable amount of research that suggests breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day because it is associated with weight loss, a lower body mass index (BMI) and less hunger throughout the day. In addition, eating breakfast helps children pay attention in school, perform problem-solving tasks and achieve better test scores. Be sure to opt for breakfast foods rich in protein and fiber, with minimal sugar and carbohydrates.
- Plan lunches. Don’t forget to plan for mid-day meals. If you will be at home during the day, keep healthy snacks and lean foods on hand. If you work elsewhere, consider packing your lunch to stay on track with your weight loss goals. Lunch for adults and kids should include fiber and whole grains, some protein and healthy fat, a veggie and just a bit of natural sugar, such as a piece of fresh fruit.
- Put exercise on the calendar. Commit to daily exercise time, even if means getting up early or exercising during your lunch break. Work in exercise during times when you would otherwise be sitting, such as walking around the track during a sports practice or around the block several times while waiting for your child to finish a music lesson.
- Plan for dinner and include local produce. Eating dinner at home strengthens family ties and can have a big impact on your family’s health. You can avoid using fast food as a back-up plan when you plan dinners ahead of time. Remember that late summer is a great time to find a variety of nutrient-rich local produce to include in your meal planning.
Find Support with a Wellness Plan
Sticking to a plan is part of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. A weight and lifestyle management program can offer further motivation to help you develop skills for lifelong weight control and good health. Consult with a RediClinic clinician to learn more about weight management services in your area, as well as key health screenings we offer to take charge of your health.
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