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Words Can Work Tip Cards offer suggestions for how parents and other adults in kids’ lives can start and continue conversations about factors related to healthy living.

Here are a few examples:

Talk openly about your challenges: “I didn’t feel like exercising today, but I’m so glad I did. I feel a lot better.”

Teach children about nutrition: “Let’s take a look at the ingredients. What makes this a smart choice?”

Help your children develop self-awareness: “Have you noticed whether you feel different when you eat more healthy snacks and drink less soda?”

Many attendees of the Words Can Work State House Forum asked panelist Dr. Lindsay Shaw to provide information about the connection between physical activity and the brain. Download chapter one of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey.

Recommended Resources:

Act FRESH Campaign

Go Kids Boston

Healthy People/Healthy Economy

Let's Move

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Mass in Motion

Partners HealthCare

Safe Routes to School

The Food Project

The Food Trust



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