Summer Meals and Healthy Eating

Hungry during the summer? The Bellevue library and other locations are now serving free lunches! Please come by and call us at 202-243-1185 with any questions.

Speaking of food, it is super important to be healthy and to take care of yourself with the food choices you make. Let’s Move is a great campaign supported by President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama that encourages all of us -- but especially kids -- to eat healthy and get enough exercise. That is even more important when it is summertime and we can forget to do those things sometimes! Let’s Move has some really great tips for how to stay healthy with regard to both food and exercise.

Two other nonprofit websites that are great resources for parents, kids, and teens are Help Guide's Nutrition for Children and Teens and KidsHealth. Eat ice cream and enjoy your summer, but remember that healthy food can also be delicious!

Before you check out those websites or any of the books we have available in DC at the library, here are some healthy tips in the meantime:

  • Image of a Healthy PlateMake sure to limit the amount of sugar you have every day.
  • Eat your vegetables (3-5 servings a day).
  • Get your dairy for strong bones!
  • Don’t eat too much in one sitting.
  • Make sure to get protein every day. If you don’t eat meat, you can get protein from beans, quinoa (a grain), tofu, green vegetables like kale or spinach, and even yogurt.
  • Also important nutrient is iron, without which you can become weak and tired. Beans are also good to eat for iron or you can consider a supplement.
  • Avoid soda and drink water or milk instead!

Also, check out these great books with tips:

Healthy Kids Book Cover
 
Weight Watchers Eat Move Play Book Cover
 
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