Relationship to Building Strong Families
Our health and well-being affect everything our families do. Many factors influence our health, including what we eat and how active we are. Eating meals that are good for us and exercising can be a part of family activities that help strengthen relationships. Kids sometimes like to help in the kitchen, and families can enjoy quality time when they eat meals together. Exercising as a family could mean a neighborhood walk or a team sport played in the back yard. Memorable family traditions are often linked to food and fun physical activities.

Brief program description
Making healthy food choices and staying active can be a challenge. But itís not impossibleógood nutrition and fitness habits can be learned. This module focuses on healthy food choices and tips for staying fit that work even when time is limited.

Research findings
People feel better when they are eating healthfully and exercising regularly. Many studies show the connection between good nutrition and health. Lowering fat intake by eating more fruits, vegetables, and fiber reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

MyPyramid is a guide to help all healthy people over 2 years of age make healthful food choices. It is based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans set by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

The guidelines help people choose diets that will meet nutrient requirements, promote health, support active lives and reduce the risk of chronic disease.  Physical activity plays an important role in our health. Regular exercise can help people lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, stop smoking, lose weight, maintain healthy weight and keep bones strong. Aerobic, non-aerobic, and weight-bearing activities are all important.

Goals and objectives

  • Learn to use MyPyramid to make healthier food choices
  • Learn about balanced eating
  • Understand the importance of family meals
  • Increase meal planning skills with kids
  • Define basic fitness concepts
  • Learn how to incorporate physical activity into your life
  • Establish small steps for a healthier life style

Target audience
Working families with children

Developed by:

Lucy Schrader
former Building Strong Families Program Coordinator

Suzi McGarvey
former Extension Associate

With contributions and reviews from University of Missouri Extension Faculty:
Janet Hackert
Nutrition Specialist

Brenda Procter
Consumer and Family Economics State Specialist

Linda Rellergert
former Nutrition Specialist

Ellen Schuster
former Nutrition State Specialist

Lynda Zimmerman
former Nutrition Specialist

Original module author:
Amy Sigman
former Nutrition Extension Associate


If you have any questions or need information, contact:

Kathy Dothage
Building Strong Families Program Coordinator
University of Missouri Extension
1205 University Avenue, Ste. 400
Columbia, MO 65211

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Last updated: 05/16/2017
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