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February 2012 • #24
A Note from the Medical Editor
While there’s nothing wrong with having a bite of Valentine's Day chocolate or a few candy hearts, it’s easy to end up with a bag of sugar that your children munch on for weeks on end.
Teaching your children to eat a balanced diet – even when they don’t want to or don’t know how – is always easier when you have a few tricks in your back pocket.
The information below will help you familiarize your child with good food choices and healthy behaviors. Remember to talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned about your child's specific eating habits.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

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Families should strive to reach 5-2-1-0. This means 5 fruits and veggies a day, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity a day and no sugar sweetened drinks.
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