Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids Eat Here

Choose Health LA Restaurants is a partnership between the LA County Department of Public Health and local restaurants to promote healthier meal choices for customers across Los Angeles County.

Participating restaurants offer healthy kids’ meals that include fruits and vegetables, healthy beverages and non-fried foods. Restaurants are also offering smaller portion sizes of existing menu items, and tap water free of charge. Look for the Choose Health LA Restaurants decal to find healthy kids’ meals and more portion size options in your neighborhood.

Healthy Start: Breastfeeding

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  • Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants, and breastfeeding has been shown to promote mother-infant bonding.
  • Breastfed children benefit from greater immunity against a variety of illnesses and infections during infancy, but also benefit lifelong from:
    • reduced risk of diabetes, asthma, allergies, overweight/obesity, and certain cancers
    • enhanced visual, motor, and oral development
    • higher IQ and school performance
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding through at least 12 months of age.
  • Approximately 80% of mothers in Los Angeles County initiate breastfeeding, 49% continue breastfeeding through six months after delivery, and 29% breastfeed through 12 months after delivery.

Healthy Habits Start Early

Eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active are simple ways to make your family healthier. These healthy habits from California Champions for Change can help your kids:

  • Grow and develop strong bodies.
  • Feel good about themselves.
  • Lower their future risk of diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

Parents can help kids make healthy choices by:

  • Keeping fruits and vegetables in easy-to-reach places at home.
  • Including fruits and/or vegetables with every meal and snack.
  • Offering new fruits and vegetables several times. Prepare them in different ways (raw vs. cooked, chopped vs. whole) to find which way your child likes them best.
  • Encouraging exercise and play throughout the day.
  • Limiting TV and video games (screen time) to 2 hours or less a day.

Healthy changes are good for the whole family. Be a role model by:

  • Setting a good example by choosing more fruits and vegetables yourself.
  • Staying active yourself and being active with your kids. Go for family walks, ride bikes together, or play at a local park.
  • Making mealtime family time. Make a routine of having one sit-down meal together each day.
  • Letting kids help in the kitchen. Younger kids can tear lettuce for salads, rinse fruits and vegetables, or break broccoli into smaller parts. Older kids can learn to chop and help cook.

Healthy Changes Start in Child Care

Preschool-aged children consume much of their food in child care settings, which places responsibility on the child care facility to provide nutritious options. The LA ROCCS (Reducing Obesity in Child Care Settings) program is enhancing nutrition and physical activity in childcare settings by:

  • Increasing child care providers’ knowledge about nutrition and physical activity
  • Improving eating habits and physical activity of children
  • Implementing healthy child care policies

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Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative

The four-year Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative is bringing together a broad range of partners to implement community-based public education, skills-building and environmental changes that promote physical activity and healthy eating. The grant, funded by First 5 LA, targets the nearly one million LA County children 0-5 years of age and their families, and includes three focus areas: Choose Health LA Kids, reducing obesity in child care settings and managing obesity in momsLearn more here.

Find out how First 5 LA is supporting LA County parents as they raise their children to be healthy, safe and ready to learn at Ready, Set, Grow!

RESOURCES

HEALTHY START

The Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles

CA Department of Public Health - Breastfeeding and Healthy Living

Breastfeeding Education: A Guide for You and Your Baby (PDF)

Baby Feeding Cues (PDF)

Breastfeeding Resources Directory (PDF)

Best Start LA

The Los Angeles Mommy & Baby Project (LAMB)

LA Best Babies

HEALTHY KIDS

First 5 LA

First 5 California

Ready, Set Grow! LA

PHFE Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)

Los Angeles Universal Preschool

Healthy Kids: Help Your Kids Power Up With Fruits, Vegetables, and Physical Activity (PDF)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Let’s Move!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ChooseMyPlate.gov

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Featured Videos

Learn more about healthy eating, moving and living in LA County by watching these videos.

  • Beyoncé: Move Your Body [Flash Workout Routine]
  • How much sugar in soda? Too many sugary drinks? ChooseHealthLA.com
  • Salt Shocker - Ketchup - Learn How to Reduce Sodium
  • Salt Shocker - Cottage Cheese - Too Much Sodium?
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