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Challenge Your Kids To Make Healthy Choices

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - As parents and caregivers, we all want our kids to thrive. We want  them to eat healthier and be more physically active.

Yet getting them to look  up from their screens and get moving, or to choose a healthier snack that’s  the tough part. Here is where the new public service announcements (PSAs)  from the Childhood Obesity Prevention PSA campaign may help (nih.gov/wecan).  

The new PSAs focus on helping you-parents and caregivers- show your  children how to maintain a healthy weight by eating right and moving more.  Better still, they’re fun.

This campaign is about more than the sobering statistics: that childhood  obesity rates have skyrocketed in the last three decades; that one in three  children in the U.S.  is overweight or obese; that the rates are higher for African American and  Hispanic kids, at nearly 40 percent.

This campaign is about inspiring you and your children to laugh, dance,  play, and eat healthy foods together—without the stress or guilt. Watch the “All  In Together” video and try not to tap your foot and start singing along—then  get outside to make family time, healthy time.

Watch the Spanish-language video “Podemos” and try not to jump up and  shake your hips-then show your kids that dancing to their favorite song is a  healthier choice than sitting, plugged into the computer to listen.

Each of the PSAs encourages parents to search for the We Can! (Ways to  Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® website, where there is a wide  array of tips, strategies and activities that can help kids make healthier  food choices and to increase their physical activity.

Here are some of the tips to try with your family:

• Replace sugar-sweetened drinks with water or fat-free milk.

• Help your kids be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day.  They should be active enough that they can talk, but they can’t sing.

• Limit kids’ screen time to no more than two hours a day.

• Fill half of your family’s plates with fruits and vegetables.

• When your family is active, be sure it’s for at least 10 minutes at a  stretch.

• Bring healthy snacks with you when you’re on the run.

The new video campaign was created in partnership with the U.S. Department  of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s)  We Can! program and the Ad Council. To view the ads and learn more about the  PSA campaign, and to get more tips to help children make healthier choices,  visit the We Can! website at www.nih.gov/wecan.  

To learn more about the Ad Council, visit www.adcouncil.org.