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. Food Fight: School Officials Push Back on Congress’ Healthy Lunch Requirements

    Boy Eating a Healthy School LunchSchools play a vital role in the health of young children. For example, more than 31 million children in the U.S. participate in the National School Lunch Program, according to research by the Pew organization. Now, some public school officials find themselves struggling to find a balance between serving meals that meet the health requirements of Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture and finding food that children will eat. Since making the switch to healthier meals, some school officials have even reported that they’ve seen more food being thrown into the trash than being consumed.

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  2. Is it Safe to Take Your Baby to the Beach?

    Baby Wearing Sun-Protective ClothingBabies are often more susceptible than adults to short- and long-term damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays, due to the delicateness of their skin. However, that doesn’t mean your family has to ban the beach altogether. In fact, there are benefits to taking babies who are at least a few months old to the beach. The texture of the sand, the sound of the waves, and salty ocean air all provide rich sensory experiences that aid in your baby’s development.

    Instead of ruling out the beach for your baby this summer, follow these tips for safe fun in the sun:

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  3. Looking for Healthy School Lunch Ideas? Start with Apples!

    Student Eating Healthy SnackGiving one’s teacher a polished red apple on the first day of school is a charming custom that dates back to previous centuries when families who were living on the frontier were often called upon to house and feed teachers. An apple was just one way to show appreciation for the dedicated teachers who taught multiple grades in one-room schoolhouses. You can create your own back-to-school tradition by including apples as part of a healthy school lunch.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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