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Nutrition and Fitness

Learn how to keep your child healthy with the right foods and exercise.

  • Healthy Eating and Your Family

    Eating right doesn't have to be hard. Choose whole grains and lean protein and serve plenty of fruits and vegetables. Make healthy eating a family affair.

    Find out how

    10 healthy eating tips

    Healthy food shopping

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    Kids and Exercise

    Your child doesn't need to be an athlete to get the benefits of an active lifestyle. From toddlers to teens, exercise can make kids stronger, happier, and healthier.

    Get exercise tips

    Help kids get active

Nutrition and Fitness Advice by Age

Encourage healthy habits from birth to teens.

Infants — The First Months

During the first 3 months, breastmilk or formula will provide all the nutrition babies need.

Newborns

1–3 months

Older Infants

Learn when and how to start you baby on solid foods.

4–7 months

8–12 months

Toddlers

Many toddlers express their budding independence through eating — or not eating.

Here’s what to do

Getting the right nutrition

Snacks for toddlers

Preschoolers

Developing good habits is delicate work. You want to encourage kids to make good choices, but without hovering or pestering.

Strategies for feeding preschoolers

Snacks for preschoolers

Motivating preschoolers to be active

School-Age Kids

At this age, kids are busy! They need food that powers them through their day — and maybe a little motivation to get offline and be active.

School lunches

After-school snacks

Helping kids get active

Handling Picky Eaters

Most toddlers are picky eaters. Here's how to manage mealtimes so they're more pleasant and less stressful for everyone.

Nutrition Q&A

Your toddler doesn't like green beans the first time around? Don't stop serving them. Kids are naturally slow to accept new tastes and textures, so keep reintroducing the beans. 

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The best time to introduce solid foods is when your baby has developed the skills needed to eat. How do you know when that is?

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It's best to wait until after a baby is 6 months old before offering juice. But even then, doctors don't recommend giving babies juice often. 

Learn why

Childhood obesity is a serious problem, so many schools have added BMI to their student annual health screening. 

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