Health Tip #7

Health Tip #7
Posted on 10/13/2017

WEEKLY HEALTH TIP - By Mrs. Best/P.E. Teacher - Health Tip #7 - Life can be busy; using free tools makes healthy eating easy!

Parents play a big part in shaping children's habits on eating and physical activity. When parents eat foods that are lower in fat and added sugars and high in fiber, children learn to like these foods as well. If your child does not like a new food right away, don't be upset. Children often need to see a new food many times before they will try it. 

Being healthy sounds like it could be a lot of work, right? Well, it doesn't have to be. A free, online tool called the MyPlate Daily Checklist  can help you create a daily food plan. All you have to do is type in whether you are male or female, your weight, height, and how much physical activity you get each day. The checklist will tell you how many daily calories you should take in and what amounts of fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy you should eat to stay within your calorie target.

Another tool, called the SuperTracker, can help you plan, analyze, and track both your eating patterns and physical activity. With SuperTracker, you can find out what and how much to eat, track your foods, physical activities and weight, and set personal goals.

With SuperTracker’s Food-A-Pedia , you can type in a food or beverage to find out how many calories it has, as well as how much sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. The tool has nutrition information for more than 8,000 foods. You can use Food-A-Pedia to plan meals like the ones below. For easy and healthy recipe ideas, visit BAM! Body and Mind .

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