Put Down the Soda Can
Teaching your children to watch what they eat and how to snack is necessary for healthy development, but if you stop before you get to beverages, you're only conquering half the problem. Harvard University found that sodas are the leading contributor to added sugars in a child's diet. The research showed that a child's risk of obesity increased by 1.6 percent for every soda consumed [source: Harvard]. While you can only teach your kids to make the right decisions when they're outside of your care, what they drink when they're at home is up to you. Teach your kids about calories and highlight the sugary sodas as a potential deterrent in their bid to stay fit. Swap out sodas for alternatives like flavored carbonated water or just plain old H2O.