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Healthy Kids Diet Guidelines

By EatingWell Editors

Make healthy shopping and cooking changes now—our simple nutrition guidelines get you started.

Get moving—together.

Eating right is just part of the equation for healthy kids. On average, American kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend over six hours a day watching TV or playing video games—time that previous generations probably spent playing outdoors or in some type of physical activity. Encourage your children to make physical exercise part of their daily lives by doing physically active things together. Take a walk or bike ride, turn on the music and dance or play games that keep both you and the kids moving: try playing tag or jumping rope, Frisbee (both indoor or outdoor), or competitions like “Who can hop the fastest from here to there?” or “Race you to the streetlight!” Keeping your children active will improve their well-being and help them maintain a healthy weight, and doing activities together can create traditions and memories you’ll all treasure.



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