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I am a mother of two kids 9 and 11. Both of [...]

Posted by @angiev, Feb 1, 2016

I am a mother of two kids 9 and 11. Both of them are overweight and and I can see that it is starting to effect their self-esteem. I want to try some new things to help them be more active and to want to eat better. I am overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.



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Posted by @CourtneySchmidt, Feb 2, 2016

Hi Angie,
Thanks for your question! I know this isn’t an easy topic to tackle, so it’s great that you are asking the right questions. I’ve come across some good resources over my years of writing for our hospital blog. I think a great place to start is . This is a fabulous resource for learning about healthy eating as well as physical activity.

Another thing you may find helpful is this blog post by one of our pediatric residents. It breaks down some healthy habits into a simple, easy-to-remember rule- it’s called the 5-2-1-0 rule. This (in a nutshell) means 5 servings of fruits/veggies, less than 2 hours of screen time, 1 hour of physical exercise, and 0 sugary foods or beverages. To read more, here’s the link:

On our blog you’ll also find several blog posts by our registered dietitian, Holly Malcom where she talks about many aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

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Posted by @lendychapman, Feb 4, 2016

I love the 5-2-1-0 rule!!!! Even though my baby is small, I’m already trying to think of ways to help enforce a healthier lifestyle and this is a good rule of thumb.


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Posted by @michellesjoy, Feb 2, 2016

Welcome @angiev! Tackling such a big issue can be a daunting task, so kudos to you for making the effort! Maybe you can sit down with both of them and outline a plan to get more exercise or to plan and prepare some healthy meals together. Starting with some small changes could give you the confidence to keep going and tackle larger things down the road. If they are as committed to making changes as you are, perhaps you can all help to motivate each other. Please keep us posted on your progress and let us know if you come across something that is working really well for you, we would love to cheer you on!


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Posted by @angiev, Feb 4, 2016

Thank you for all of the advice and information. We have decided to go to the library and look for a cookbook so that we can start cooking together. We also want to start walking but may have to wait until it isn’t so cold outside. The kids seems excited for now, so I hope that we can keep it up and make progress.

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