Tribal leaders, parents and caregivers play a key role in not only making healthy choices for children and teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves.
But in today’s busy world, this isn’t always easy. So Let’s Move! in Indian Country offers parents and caregivers the tools, support and information they need to make healthier choices while instilling healthy eating habits in children that will last a lifetime!
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, put forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provide science-based advice for individuals over the age of two to promote health and reduce the risk of major chronic diseases. The current Dietary Guidelines, encourage most Americans to eat fewer calories, be more physically active, and make wiser food choices.
Next Generation Food Pyramid
To help Americans make healthier food and physical activity choices, the USDA is modifying its famous food pyramid. MyPyramid.gov is one of the most popular websites in the federal government, and a 2.0 version of the web site now offers consumers a host of tools to help them put the Dietary Guidelines into practice.
Pediatricians as Partners
The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the broader medical community, is educating doctors and nurses across the country about obesity to ensure that they regularly monitor children’s BMIs, provide counseling for healthy eating early on, and, for the first-time ever, write a prescription for parents laying out the simple things they can do to increase healthy eating and active play.