At FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, it's our mission to teach kids healthy habits. Here are some ways parents can encourage kids to be healthier
inside and out because we all want the best for our little ones.
Potter the Otter's Tips for Healthy Kids
Drink water &
with non-food prizes
Limit 100% juice to
4-6 oz. per day
Did you know?
The American Heart Association recommends limiting children's sugar intake to 3-4 teaspoons per day. Consuming more than that can lead to health risks, such as childhood obesity.
Here's what parents can do:
The average 4-to-5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar every day. That comes to 65 pounds of added sugar a year! Most of this sugar intake comes in the form of fruit juices, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy.
Here’s a trick for finding out
how much sugar is in a food or drink.
Tip: Remember the number 4.
- Find "grams of sugar"on the nutrition label.
- Grams of sugar : 4 = teaspoons of sugar.
- For example: In a 20-ounce soda, there are 69g of sugar.
So 69 ÷ 4 = 17 teaspoons of sugar, which is too much!
Check out how much sugar is in some popular drinks
(8 oz, 86 cal)
(8 oz, 200 cal)
(8 oz, 60 cal)
(6.75 oz, 60 cal)
(12 oz, 50 cal)
(6.75 oz, 100 cal)
(8 oz, 110 cal)
(12 oz, 140 cal)