Time spent in childhood doing active play is valuable, helping to build lifelong habits. As caregivers and parents, we all want kids to grow up to be active, healthy adults. However, meeting the daily recommendation of at least one hour per day of physical activity may seem unreachable or too structured. As a registered dietitian, I suggest families approach physical activity the same way as healthy eating; by teaming up with their child.
There can be many reasons we don’t eat healthy. Perhaps the biggest obstacle is defining “healthy.” The truth is there’s no universally ideal diet because we all have unique needs. What all good diets have in common, though, is “real food.” If you let real food be your guide, things get much simpler.