Melissa started by giving us a better understanding of how weight and physical activity play an important role in cancer prevention later in life. It’s clear that we shouldn’t overlook the impact of small changes we can make now for a brighter future for our children. Let’s dive into the rest of the interview with some tips about how to take action!
Start by getting your kids to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of colorful vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans. By focusing on these plant foods, kids absorb natural compounds called “phytochemicals” that help protect the body’s cells against cancer. Plant foods also provide fiber and antioxidant vitamins and minerals, all of which research strongly links to lower cancer risk. Plant foods are also low in calories as long as they are not processed with added fats and sugars.
Here are two other major benefits that will come with feeding children nutritious, disease-preventing food:
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Other useful resources include the online toolkits created by SuperKids Nutrition and AICR, which give families ways to track their healthy changes, and provide recipes and fun activities –they are a must-see for family nutrition tools! Here are links to each toolkit:
Involve your kids in both the shopping and cooking process for a healthy dinner. Teach them what constitutes nutritious food and get them excited about cooking these foods for themselves and the rest of the family. In the end, it’s really about getting kids excited about new tastes. For younger kids, make healthy food visually appealing! Whether you make fruit or veggie kabobs, use cookie cutters or just place the food on a plate, take a few extra seconds to cut and arrange it nicely. They’ll eat more!
Create a theme night like Taco Tuesday, and let them have a creation station. You can do this with many ethnic cuisines. Show kids that good nutrition can be healthy and fun.
Lastly, don’t forget moving more is essential for cancer prevention too! Plan family activities to get everyone moving. Let your child know that exercising is something fun, not a chore. Exploring your surroundings with a hike or playing a game of basketball are both great ways to be active.
You can create a healthier future for your kids. The choices you make with your children now will help them live to their full potential. Making simple changes, like eating healthy foods and moving more each day, has the power to give your children a healthier future – one where they can lower their risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious, expensive conditions.
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