These strategies have been shown to promote a healthy weight for kids and adults:
  • Help children develop a positive body image.
  • Involve the family in fun physical activities.
  • Be a positive role model for healthy eating and exercise habits.
  • Make family mealtimes a special time together.
  • Serve a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Save fast food for a treat and avoid anything super-sized.
  • Set limits on screen entertainment like television and video games.
A healthy weight for kids is about healthy behaviors, such as enjoying a variety of nutrient-rich foods and a variety of activities for strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity.

When children are young, parents and other caregivers are responsible for creating an environment that helps them maintain a healthy weight.