11. Offer fresh fruit for dessert.
10. Take your children to the park.
9. Keep your home “junk food free.”
8. Invest in AND USE a crock pot.
7. Serve your children protein for breakfast.
6. Pack a healthy lunch for your children.
5. Drive by the drive thru.
4. Support or cultivate an interest in sports or dance or any physical activity for your children.
3. If your children want seconds, agree that they may in 5 minutes. Then divert their attention.
2. Turn off the television while eating ANYTHING and eat dinner all together.
AND the BEST way to ensure health for your children:
1. Get healthy and take care of yourself. You can care for those you love to the extent that you care for yourself.
This quiz may help you determine if your child might develop a weight problem and/or Type II diabetes. Keep track of the points associated with each response.
1. One or more of his/her grandparents have or had:
- high blood pressure (1 point)
- adult-onset diabetes (1 point)
- a stroke (1 point)
- heart disease or atherosclerosis (1 point)
- cancer of the ovary, breast or uterus (1 point)
2. One or more of his/her parents have or had:
- high blood pressure (2 points)
- adult-onset diabetes (2 points)
- a stroke (2 points)
- heart disease or atherosclerosis (2 points)
- cancer of the ovary, breast or uterus (2 points)
- difficulty controlling their weight (2 points)
- undesirable fat levels in the blood (2 points)
3. My child:
- snacks between meals (1 point)
- often snacks at night (1 point)
- often chews gum or eats mints/hard candies (regular or artificially sweetened) (1 point)
- eats high-fat foods almost every day (2 points)
- usually includes at least one of the following in every meal: bread, pastas or some other
- starch, fruits, or sweets (4 points)
- often eats or wants to eat when he/she is not really hungry (2 points)