SIZE MATTERS

WHEN IT COMES TO TREATS, SIZE MATTERS!

You don't have to banish kids' favorite treats such as chips, cookies and candy from your cupboards. Doing so might make kids want them even more. But remember, they're treats, so offer them just once in awhile and in sensible portions.

Show kids how to follow this advice: Treats are fine sometimes, just don't overdo it. These hints can help you keep portion sizes the right size for kids.

  • Buy single-serving sizes of chips and cookies, or portion your own into resealable snack bags.
  • When you eat out, split the fries, onion rings or dessert among the whole family.
  • Serve beverages such as soft drinks in small glasses.
  • Buy snack-size candy bars.
  • Let your kids see you enjoying small portions.

BE A SCREEN TIME MONITOR!

How much time do your kids spend in front of the TV or computer screen each day? On average, children and adolescents watch TV nearly three hours a day—and that doesn't include time spent viewing DVDs, playing video games or using the computer. If you're raising a crop of couch (or computer "mouse") potatoes, try these tips to set some limits on screen time and get them moving:

  • SET A SCREEN TIME BUDGET. Allot kids one to two hours per day to spend on TV, video games or fun time on the computer—their choice! Make sure you follow this budget, too. You'll be amazed at how much extra time you "find" to do other activities when you click off the tube.
  • DEVISE AN AFTER-SCHOOL ACTION PLAN. Watching TV is the #1 afterschool activity for many kids. Brainstorm with your kids to create a "Top 10" list of activities to get them on their feet—and away from the screen—after school.
  • GET MOVING IN FRONT OF THE TUBE. Set up an exercise bike in the TV room so you and the kids can put in some "pedal" time while you watch TV. Buy or rent a fun exercise DVD such as aerobic dance, kick boxing, or yoga—and do it with them.
  • CLICK IT OFF AT MEAL TIMES. A "no TV" policy during family meals channels your attention into what's going on in each other's lives.

GO TO THE KORE WITH YOUR KIDS!

You'll find lots of fun games to get them up and moving in front of the computer screen—play with them!

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