United Healthcare Activate for Kids

School Wellness Initiative

In The Kitchen

It’s hard enough for adults to make good food decisions. How can we expect kids to, especially when we are often their role models at the dinner table?

At its simplest, our weight boils down to two factors: diet and exercise. If we eat too much (or the wrong things) and don’t work off the calories, we will gain weight.

The kitchen can be the place where the health trap starts. Activate for Kids hopes to help you feed your family better with this library of healthy eating tips, more than 100 nutritious recipes, and consumer information from the government website ChooseMyPlate.org. Healthy eating habits adopted now can last a lifetime.

Focus on Fruits

Focus on Fruits

People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are less likely to have some chronic diseases. Most fruits are low in fat, sodium, and calories.

Make Half Your Grains Whole

Make Half Your Grains Whole

Foods made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal and barley are grain products (bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals, tortillas and grits). Learn the difference between whole grains and refined grains.

Cut Back on your Kid’s Sweet Treats

Cut Back on your Kid’s Sweet Treats

Limit foods and beverages with added sugars. If you don’t buy them, your kids won’t get them very often. Sweet treats and sugary drinks have a lot of calories but few nutrients.

10 Tips for Improving Your Child's Diet

10 Tips for Improving Your Child's Diet

Do you have a tough time getting your kids to eat more vegetables or try healthier snacks? The following tips may help get your kids' diets back on track.

Are Your Kids Drinking Too Much Sugar? Sugary Drinks, Juice, and Weight Gain

Are Your Kids Drinking Too Much Sugar? Sugary Drinks, Juice, and Weight Gain

Kids love fruit juice, soda and other sweet drinks. But are these beverages part of the weight gain epidemic? Get the scoop here.

Calorie and Nutrition Needs for Kids

Calorie and Nutrition Needs for Kids

Is it necessary to know how many calories your child needs? Or are their nutrient needs more important?

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Have trouble getting your kids to slow down and eat a healthy breakfast? Here's help on how to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

Dieting and the Overweight Child: What Approach Is Best?

Dieting and the Overweight Child: What Approach Is Best?

Your child is overweight. Do you put him on a strict diet? Ban all junk foods? Success depends on using the right approach.

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