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.

Smart Choices for Healthier Snacks

Smart Choices for Healthier Snacks

The Snack Trap: What you Don't Know About Snacks Could Hurt You

Cooking With Kids: Little Helpers in the Kitchen

Cooking With Kids: Little Helpers in the Kitchen

Want to give kids an easy lesson in good nutrition - and more? Here's how to get them involved in preparing and cooking meals and snacks.

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