Feeling Good about the Inside and Out

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

With messages from media that put pressure on young girls to be thin and on boys to be strong and muscular, there can be a lot of questions from parents and children as to what is a healthy body.

Children of all ages, shapes, and sizes need parental support and positive role modelling to help them make healthy lifestyle choices.

Tips to help your children eat healthy, be active and feel good about themselves:

  • Use Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide for shopping and meal planning.
  • Help children recognize their hunger cues: eat when hungry and stop when full.
  • Encourage children to be active every day. Health Canada recommends 90 minutes of physical activity per day for children.
  • Try to be active as a family. Choose structured and unstructured activities that are fun.
  • Recognize that healthy bodies come in a variety of weights, shapes and sizes.
  • Let your child know that gaining weight is part of growing, especially during puberty.
  • Be aware of your own attitudes about food, weight and exercise. Be a good role model, your children are watching!

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