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.

Got Your Dairy Today?

Got Your Dairy Today?

The Dairy Group includes milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soymilk. They provide nutrients needed for good health throughout life. Choose low-fat or fat-free to cut calories and saturated fat.

Salt and Sodium

Salt and Sodium

Salt plays a role in high blood pressure. Be aware of sodium content in prepared foods, and go light on salt at the dinner table. One teaspoon of salt a day is plenty (and too much for some of us).

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.

Kids' Menus are Friendly, but Fatty

Kids' Menus are Friendly, but Fatty

Children's menus are geared to please mini palates. But they often serve up far more fat and calories than kids get at home or in a kid-size fast food meal.

Top 10 Tips for Picky Eaters

Top 10 Tips for Picky Eaters

Has mealtime become a food fight with your toddler or preschooler? Follow these tips.

Kids and Sugary Diets: More Than a Sweet Tooth

Kids and Sugary Diets: More Than a Sweet Tooth

Your children are likely getting much more sugar than you realize. Get the facts on hidden sugar, label reading and sugar's effect on health.

Energy Bars: Nutritious Meal Replacement or Glorified Candy?

Energy Bars: Nutritious Meal Replacement or Glorified Candy?

Many energy bars claim to fight fatigue, improve concentration, aid with weight loss or enhance your workout. But are they just candy bars in disguise?

Portion Control Tips for Kids

Portion Control Tips for Kids

Larger-than-life portions have become the norm rather than the exception. Help your kids gain perspective by teaching them about portion control.

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