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Health Tip: Plan Family Meals and Exercise

Stay healthier together

(HealthDay News) -- To help keep your family healthier physically and emotionally, plan to do things together.

Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Set a good example by making healthier food choices and exercising regularly. Make a commitment as a family to getting and staying healthy.
  • Cook more often at home. The food probably will be healthier, and eating is a great activity for the entire family. Offer a healthy breakfast every day.
  • Involve your children in planning and creating healthy meals. Serve healthier snacks and foods, such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid sweets and chips.
  • Encourage children to learn and listen to their body's signals for hunger and fullness. Show them that you only eat when hungry, not bored, angry or sad.
  • Get outside to exercise and play, and encourage physical activities. Limit screen time.

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