Maine Physical Activity & Nutrition Program
What You Can Do...
- Take a family walk each day.
- User fresh, canned or frozen produce.
- Take the TV out of the bedroom. Do not put a TV in your child's bedroom.
- Serve children water or low fat milk instead of soda or fruit juice.
- Teach your children that healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains are yummy and good for our bodies.
- Talk to your children about limiting unhealthy foods such as fast food and junk food.
- Focus on health, not on appearance, to avoid extreme dieting and obsession with body weight.
In your Neighborhood or Community
- Start a walking group.
- Ask for sidewalks near schools.
- Ask that school gyms and pools be available during evening and/or weekend hours for public use.
- Shop at a farmers' market and buy local at the grocery store.
- Encourage community groups to provide a healthy food option at events they sponsor.
- Join a community vegetable garden.
- Create a walking route and/or start a lunchtime walking group.
- Make healthy foods available at work events.
- Request healthy options for the vending machine.
- Set up a wellness committee.
- Create and honor system snack program with fruit, yogurt, string cheese, reduced fat milks, trail mix and nuts.
- Request healthy foods at school and at after-school events and in vending machines.
- Start a Walking School Bus program
- Support physical education at all grades.
- Encourage schools to assure that every child has some physical activities every day in school.
- Ask for non-food fundraisers.
At Your Doctor's
- Ask about your Body Mass Index (BMI).
- If your BMI is high, as how you can lower it.