Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life put quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Tips for Getting Your Kids to Try New Foods

    Young Girl at Dinner TableAh, dinnertime, a pleasant time for families to unwind, relax and talk about the events of their day … right? For many parents, dinnertime is more like a battlefield, especially when picky eaters are involved.

    If you’re spending less time eating and more time bribing, begging and coaxing your child to try something new, or cutting the crusts off of bread, or removing all green objects from your child’s plate, these five tips may help:

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  2. Outdoor Summer Safety Tips for Children & Families

    Young Boy on Jungle Gym OutsideSummer is prime time for outdoor fun, but it also poses some outdoor health threats, particularly for children. Playground bumps and scrapes are the least of parental worries, given that some of summer’s most dangerous health hazards come courtesy of Mother Nature.

    Here are some outdoor safety tips to help keep your children healthy this summer:

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  3. Make Healthy Choices for Your Father’s Day Barbecue

    Couple grillingA time-honored tradition of Father’s Day remains the backyard barbecue. Hamburgers and hot dogs usually top the menu, but consider some healthier alternatives. We all want to have dad around for a long time.

    According to doctors and nutrition experts, dietary choices play a big role in maintaining good health throughout life. Here are some healthy barbecue recipes to consider when planning a cookout in honor of dad:

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  4. Working Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Dad Biking to WorkWorking Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Between getting the kids ready for school and yourself ready for work, and putting in 40 hours per week, and getting involved in all of your kids’ extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to find time to catch your breath, let alone work out. Getting regular exercise is key to good health, a good mood and a longer life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Working out offers a range of benefits, from weight loss and increased energy to a lowered risk of certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.

    Here are some workout tips to help include that all-important fitness into your schedule:

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  5. Breaking the Junk Food Addiction

    Teenage Boys Eating Junk FoodAn epidemic has been spreading among American children for more than 30 years: childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three children are overweight, and 18 percent of all children between ages 6 and 19 are classified as obese. A lack of physical activity is part of the problem, but access to junk food also plays a major role in weight gain.

    If your kids are hooked on empty-calorie or sugar-filled foods, there are some ways you can break unhealthy habits and set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle:

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