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American Camp Association

New Year's resolution: your children's healthiest year ever!

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Practice daily tips from Camp Jump Start

  1. Walk tall and hold in your belly
  2. Drink a glass of water 15 minutes before each meal
  3. Put eating utensil down after every bite
  4. Portion control by reading labels
  5. Do not take second helpings except for veggies
  6. Leave a bite of each food on your plate
  7. Eat on schedule—plan your week
  8. Eat only at the kitchen table
  9. Do not do anything else when you are eating—NO television!
  10. Eat only when you are hungry
  11. Know hunger versus boredom versus cravings
  12. Serve dressings on the side
  13. Everyone eat "Kid's meals with healthy choices when available"
  14. Drink 8 glasses of water every day—carry a water bottle with you
  15. Equal exercise activity for equal screen-time—television, computer, video
  16. Do not eat after 7 p.m.
  17. Do not reward with food—spend time together in an activity as a reward
  18. Use a small plate
  19. No soda
  20. Walk, walk, walk - take the parking spot farthest away!

* Remember that you do NOT have to be PERFECT to be WONDERFUL!

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