Tuesday, December 02, 2014

How to keep kids healthy this holiday season

You don't need to buy expensive gadgets to keep kids active and entertained, says Allie Matarasso, RD, clinical dietitian, Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY.

In fact, the much vaunted exergaming equipment has been shown not to affect kids' weight.

Keep it old school. How about a scavenger hunt--hide clues in the house or outside.

Hula-hooping...ball with a balloon, indoor hopscotch (tape on the kitchen floor), dancing, Zumba moves, chores--all keep kids going (and tire them out).

Keep one eye on food consumption--involve kids in meal planning, serve soups at the start of every meal.

Little kids eat little meals. If they take too much, don't insist on plate cleaning.

Make hot chocolate with skim milk and cocoa powder--less sugar than those packets.

Keep nuts, dried fruit, and bars available--not candy or cookies. Save those for dessert.

Kids also get overstimmed during the holidays--keep consistent bed times.

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