Your child learns by watching you

You are the most important influence on your child. Your child learns from what you say, as well as from what you do.

You are the most important influence on your child. Your child learns from what you say, as well as from what you do. If your child sees you doing something healthy, he or she is more likely to do it, too. Here are some things Michigan State University Extension encourages you to do to set a positive example that will help your child form healthy habits for life:

Drink water or low-fat milk instead of a drink with added sugar like soda, sports drinks or energy drinks.

Eat together and show your child that you enjoy a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Sit at the table while eating and drinking.

Remove distractions and turn off any televisions or computers. Avoid talking on the phone or texting. Focus on each other.

Choose healthy options when buying food or eating out.

Limit your screen time and watch no more than two hours of TV a day.

Get some exercise and make physical activity fun for the whole family. Walk, run and play with your child instead of sitting on the sideline. Make sure to use safety gear, such as bike helmets.

Your child takes his or her lead for you. Eat healthy food and your child will, too. If you would like more information regarding healthy children go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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