Kelly's Top 10 Ways To Grow Happy Kids

If you offered advice to a new mother, what nutrition and physical activity related things would you tell her are important for “growing” a healthy child?

A parents actions have such a great impact on their child’s life and well-being.  How well do you practice what you preach with your own children?

Small, everyday actions can have a big return in terms of a child’s health and happiness.

 Kelly’s top 10 ways to grow



1.  Let them decide how much to eat.

2.  Offer water instead of juice.

3.  Include an organic fruit and/or vegetable at each meal.

4.  Present healthy foods as "treats."

5.  Serve fat-free, organic milk to children over two.

6.  Use mealtime to strengthen family ties.

7.  Lead by example -- "walk the talk."

8.  Create activities -- for you and them -- everyday.

9.  Provide attention instead of food or the bottle.

10.  Encourage and praise their efforts.

What will you do this week to help your child grow happy?  Leave a comment about how you grow a happy kid! 

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods


AZ Department of Health Services

Bureau of USDA Nutrition Programs

AZ WIC Program




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