Help Your Kids Power Up
with Fruits and Vegetables
and Be Active
T i p s f o r pa r e n T s
eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active are
simple ways to make your family healthier. These healthy habits
can help your kids:
• Concentrate and do better in school
• feel good about themselves
• Grow and develop strong bodies
• Lower their future risk of diseases
like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart
disease, and certain cancers
How Much Do My Kids Need Every Day?
The amount of fruits and vegetables you should eat every day
depends on your age, gender, and physical activity level. Visit
www.mypyramid.gov to help you choose the foods and amounts
that are right for each person in your family.
Why Should Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables
and Be Active Every Day?
C h i l d r e n i n e l e m e n ta r y
s C h o o l n e e d :
• 1-2 cups of fruits
• 1½-3 cups of vegetables
• 60 minutes of physical activity
Your Family Has the Power!
partner with your child to make healthy choices together.
Pa r e n t s C a n …
K i d s C a n …
Keep fruits and vegetables in
easy-to-reach places at home.
Choose fruits and vegetables
when they make their own
meals and snacks.
include fruits and/or vegetables
with every meal and snack.
ask for fruits and vegetables
they like to eat.
offer new fruits and vegetables
several times. prepare them in
different ways (raw vs. cooked,
chopped vs. whole) to find
which way your child likes
Try new foods and let their
parents know what they like or
do not like about them. agree
to try the same food several
Limit TV and video games
(screen time) to 2 hours or less
a day. Do not put TVs in kids’
Choose to watch only their
favorite TV shows and limit their
video game time. Take activity
breaks during screen time.
kids to help
for their meals
Be a role model. set a good example by choosing more fruits and
make mealtime family time. Make a routin