Diabetes: A National Plan for Action. Families and Friends


One of the best ways to build exercise and healthy eating into daily activities is to do it with others, including family and friends. Here are some suggestions:

  • Parents can exercise with their children. Be a role model for them. Walking together has the added benefit of providing a regular opportunity to talk with them.
  • Parents can model good eating habits for their children by eating a diet that includes plenty of whole grain products, vegetables, and fruits, and is low in fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol, and limiting portion sizes.
  • Caregivers should promote physical activity and good eating habits for older family members.
  • Walk the dog. Make walking the dog a regular family activity. The dog will appreciate it.
  • Give pedometers to family or friends to help make exercise fun.
  • Support the exercise habits of family members, including older adults. Look for ways to help them fit exercise into their schedules.
  • Offer to bring fresh fruit as a dessert rather than cake or cookies when going to a friend or family’s house for a meal.

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