Keeping children on
a safe path
Wondering how to keep children from starting to drink or smoke? Start young — preferably before your child experiments with either one — to build a sturdy foundation.
• Talk to a school guidance counselor or your child’s doctor about free, helpful programs for parents on guiding healthy behaviors.
• Brainstorm with your child about ways to say no to risky behavior. Aim for a full scale of options between “No, thanks” and “Stop asking — I said no.”
• Discuss good reasons not to drink or smoke. Ask children what they think and share your beliefs and values. Talk honestly about relatives who had health problems or died due to tobacco or alcohol addictions. Problems like bad breath, yellow teeth and embarrassing behavior may be persuasive, too.
• Set expectations for healthy behaviors. Use simple rewards and consequences to encourage good behavior.
• Set an example. If necessary, try to quit smoking or drinking too much.
• Keep lines of communication open. Check in regularly about how the day went. Ask about plans, friends and activities.
• Call your child’s doctor or guidance counselor for more help if you think your child is smoking or drinking.
A Step-By-Step Approach
|1. Serving Size
A serving size of this food is one cup.
So all the nutrition information on the label is based upon one cup. There are two servings per container. If you eat two servings the nutrients are doubled.
|2. Amount of Calories
The 250 calories listed are for one serving, and 110 — or 44 percent — of the calories are from fat.
3. Limit these Nutrients
|4. Get Enough of these Nutrients
Eat foods with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron to improve overall health and reduce the risk of certain diseases and conditions, such as osteoporosis and anemia.
|5. Percent Daily Value
This section indicates how the nutrients contribute to your total daily diet based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet.
• Low level of nutrients — 5 percent or less of the daily value. Low levels are good for sodium but bad for fiber.
• High level of nutrient — 20 percent or more. High values are good for vitamin A but bad for cholesterol.
Snapshot of this serving
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