• Show the parent and child where they are on the BMI for age chart
  • Discuss the concept of a healthy weight, and potential impacts of being above a healthy weight
  • Use positive, non-judgemental language
  • Provide the key messages (8 Healthy Habits) using clear, practical, family-focused examples

8 Healthy Habits

Here are eight ways to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle:

Drink water instead of soft drink, juice or cordial

Choose healthier snacks and fewer unhealthy treat foods

Aim for at least 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day

Limit recreational screen time

Start each day with a healthy breakfast

Be active for at least 1 hour a day, every day

Be mindful of portion size and when you feel full

Get enough sleep

8 Healthy Habits for children aged 2 years and older 8 Healthy Habits for children 0-12 months 8 Healthy Habits for children 12-24 months Translated versions
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