Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guidelines for Healthy Preschoolers


Feeding and fitness for preschoolers

Harvard University researchers propose these guidelines for healthy preschoolers. Aimed at child-care centers, they also are good goals for parents.

• Two hours of daily physical activity, half in structured play and half in active free play

• No more than 30 minutes of sitting at a stretch

• Only 1 percent or fat-free milk for kids 2 and older

• No more than 6 ounces of 100 percent juice a day

• No sugar-sweetened beverages

Serving sizes

• Serve about 1 tablespoon of each food type per year of age

• Teach children to start with small portions, then add more if still hungry

• Don't insist on a clean plate

For more, see www.mypyramid.gov/preschoolers