By Raising Children Network
Your child’s best role model for developing good health, physical skills and self-esteem is you. It’s important that you eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.
Tips for health and fitness
- A healthy breakfast provides the energy your preschooler needs for the day.
- Serve meals that include all your child’s nutritional needs in one dish.
- Offer water with all meals and snacks.
- Your child will be hungrier when having a growth spurt so be guided by his appetite.
- Physical exercise has many benefits: strong bones and muscles; healthy heart, lungs and arteries; improved coordination, balance and flexibility; reduced risk of becoming overweight; prevention of heart disease, cancer and diabetes in later life.
- Encourage outdoor play by joining in the fun at the local park, beach or national park.
- Limit screen time to no more than an hour a day.
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