A healthy lifestyle and reducing the risk of childhood obesity involves getting enough exercise, limiting processed and sugary treats, as well as getting the right amount of sleep.
Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician, says promoting healthy choices start at snack time.
Whether in the classroom or on the playground, children need enough energy — and the right nutrition — to get them through the day.
“Food is really an important part of making sure our brains can work appropriately and as effectively as possible,” Ardon said.
Nutritious snacks can bridge the gap between meals. Pairing these nutritious snacks with the recommended amount of hydration makes a recipe for success.
When it comes to selecting foods, start by adding color to your plate.
“Make sure you’re getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet,” Ardon said. “That’s a great place to start with picking out healthy snacks. You can complement that with lean proteins, whole grains, to make that maybe a more exciting snack for your kids, as well.”

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