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.

Healthy Snacks for Kids and Grown-Ups

Healthy Snacks for Kids and Grown-Ups

Snacking can and should be a part of any nutritious meal plan. Here's how to make it healthy.

Help Kids Stop Overeating

Help Kids Stop Overeating

Learn how keeping your child from overeating can prevent weight management problems in the future.

Help Kids Rise and Shine With Breakfast

Help Kids Rise and Shine With Breakfast

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Learn tips to help your kids get a healthy start on the day.

Kids and Snacking: Keeping It Healthy

Kids and Snacking: Keeping It Healthy

Snacks can and should contribute to your child's nutrition and calorie needs. Follow these guidelines to ensure snack time is healthy.

Kids' Cereals: Good Advertising, Poor Nutrition

Kids' Cereals: Good Advertising, Poor Nutrition

Do your kids beg you for their favorite sugared cereals? Learn the facts and don't get swayed by crafty advertising.

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