Nutrition • Apr 21, 2010

A challenge for healthier living

I had a discussion with my children (8 and 14-year-olds) about healthy eating this week. I find that as I get busy at work, I have less time to cook at home. Evening are very hectic in my house. Of course the soccer game for my son is as far as you can get from the ballet lessons for my daughter. It is so easy to stop at McDonald’s on the way to the soccer game as you are running around in the evening chauffeuring your children to various activities. At the end of the day when I reflect upon their diets, I realize that they did not eat as many fruits and vegetables that they should have. In fact, the diet throughout the week has been lacking in nutritional value. While my children are by no means obese, obesity can creep up on them if I am not more careful about their diet.

I am going to issue a challenge to all of you and me. Can we follow the AAP prescription for healthy living which I have below for a whole week…month…year? Let us join Michelle Obama in the Let’s move initiative to reduce childhood obesity. Let’s follow the AAP prescription and work on raising healthier and fit children. I will update as the week/month goes how successful I am and you can let me know too.

Note: Breastfeed exclusively until 6 months and maintain breastfeeding after introduction of solid food until 12 months of age. Only breast milk or infant formula should be given until 1 year of age. Cows milk should be introduced only at age 1. Switch to low fat milk at age 2, earlier in some special instances after consultation with your pediatrician. Do not introduce water or juice until at least 6 months of age.

: Healthy Active Living

An initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Name: Mythili Srinivasan Date: 4/19/2010

Ideas for Living a Healthy Active Life

Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day.

Limit screen time (for example, TV, video games, computer) to 2 hours or less per day.

Get 1 hour or more of physical activity every day.

Drink fewer sugar-sweetened drinks. Try water and low-fat milk instead.

My Goals

(choose one you would like to work on first)Eat___5__fruits and vegetables each day.
Get ___60___minutes of physical activity each day.
Reduce screen time to___30___ minutes per day.

Reduce number of sugared drinks to ___0___per day.

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