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What can I do to help my child have a healthy, long life?

Every parent wants their child to have a long, healthy, and happy life. But, with today’s childhood obesity rate on the rise, it’s not a given. Statistics tell us that one of every six children in many developed countries are considered seriously overweight and at great risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child is not headed down this dangerous road. Whether you have a toddler, an older child, or are pregnant, there are things you can do now that will help protect your child from the dangers of being obese.

•    Have a healthy pregnancy. Make sure that your weight gain during pregnancy is in the normal range and eat a healthy diet.
•    Breast feed if you can. A breast fed baby is less likely to grow up overweight as a baby who is not breast fed.
•    When it’s time to eat solid food, offer your child a variety of nutritious foods.
•    Offer toddlers healthy choices and pay close attention to portion size.
•    Never use food as a reward.
•    Encourage good habits when it comes to exercise and proper nutrition.
•    Be a role model to your child by eating healthy and exercising.

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