Healthy Weight: Facts for Families, Eat Well, Live Well


Healthy Weight: Facts for Families, Eat Well, Live Well


This four-page fact sheet addresses healthy eating habits and what parents can do to ensure that their child is eating well.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • Have changes in our diets caused the obesity crisis?
  • What influences children’s eating habits?
  • What can I do to make sure my child is eating well?
  • Is there an easy way to improve eating habits?
  • Insist on breakfast
  • Plan three meals and two snacks every day
  • The skinny on sugar and fat
  • Healthy snacks to have on hand
  • Learn about portions
  • Make eating an enjoyable activity for the whole family
  • Eat sensibly when eating out
  • Beware of sweetened drinks
  • If a child is overweight, see a health professional for an assessment
  • Eating well at different ages
    • Infants
    • Toddlers and young children
    • Elementary school-aged children
    • Teens


National Business Group on Health

Funding Sources:

Maternal and Child Health Bureau-Health Resources and Services Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: March 2005
Last Updated: 05/05/08

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