|NUTRITION AND FITNESS Diet and Exercise
For a child's optimal growth and development, at least five servings of fruit and vegetables are recommended daily. Continue to offer healthy foods even if children have refused them in the past.
Limit soda, sugar-sweetened drinks and whole milk. Low-fat or non-fat milk are recommended after age two. Encourage your children to drink lots of water.
Limit screen time of all types. Too much TV is associated with physical inactivity and weight gain as well as lower reading scores and attention problems. Consider the following: under age two, no screen time; from age 2 to 5, no more than two hours/day; for school-age children, no TV Monday through Thursday, max of two hours/day otherwise.
Participate in at least one hour or more of physical activity per day. This not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, but is well known to prevent several chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.