Family Resolutions for a Healthier 2016

It’s a new year!  Why not get the entire family involved in living a healthier lifestyle?  This can be done using the 0-5 easy steps listed below: 

0:  Eliminate sugary beverages to zero (none) in your family’s diet.

1:  Incorporate one hour of physical activity per day into everyone’s daily routine.

2:  Limit screen time for you and your children to less than two hours per day.  This includes televisions,     computers, and cell phones.

3.  Eat three servings of low-fat milk products daily.  Skim milk, yogurt, and cheese are examples.

4.  Drink four servings of water every day.  A serving size is 4-6 ounces for young children and 10-12 ounces     for older children and adults.

5.  Eat five servings of fruits and / or vegetables each day.

To make these lifestyle changes easier to become habits for your family, try to introduce 1 or 2 each month.   Becoming physically active as a family can be a simple as playing ball, hiking local trails, riding bikes, roller skating, dancing, or walking the dog.  It may be more practical to “get moving” in short 15-20 minute segments.  Keep food portions the size of the individual’s fist.  Only fruits or vegetables should be offered for second helpings. provides practical information to individuals to help build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. The online resources can empower parents and guardians to make healthier food choices for themselves and their children.

Here’s to a healthier 2016!  Good luck!