Best Tips from Real Parents
Raising healthy kids doesn't stop at the dinner table. It is important to teach kids how to live an active lifestyle and how to respect and appreciate the environment.
We know it's helpful to get tips from experts, but oftentimes parents know best. That's why we asked parents to submit their own tips on how they raise their children to be healthy and natural-minded. Read some of the top submitted tips below to learn creative and effective ways to encourage your own children to lead healthier lives.
"While at the grocery store, my three-year-old daughter names fruits and vegetables that grow on trees, in the ground or have pits and seeds in the center. Then when we get home, she chooses which category she'd like to eat each day." — Laura, Illinois
"Every evening or afternoon when I baby-sit the grandkids they ask for a "party on a plate". They love it because of its name and the presentation. It usually includes cheese, meat and fruits, but all cut in small pieces. Nutritious and something they can pass on to their kids." — Cindy, Michigan
"I let my kids know how important it is for the human body to have the appropriate balance of vitamins and minerals and make sure they know what will happen if it doesn't." — Dianna, Nevada
"We try and take a family walk after dinner, especially over the summer time. It is a good way to catch up and get the kids outdoors." — Amy, Missouri
"The kids want the dog to listen to them and be with them. So, they have to spend time with the dog walking and playing outdoors. Then watch - the dog will pay attention to them." — Nancy, Michigan
"Engage your kids directly - get outdoors, get active and have fun in nature with them. Take them camping. Play sports with them. Teach them to ride bikes. Bring them along on outings with friends where everyone is having fun together." — Jeremy, Illinois
"In a very positive way, I continually make comments about the importance of nature to sustain our planet and emphasize what a great learning experience it is, along with fun." — Gerald, Nevada