6-Year Checkup: Healthy Kids Series

This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.

Eating


Food Group Number of Servings Examples
Fats and oils 3-4 teaspoons per day Oil, nuts, olives, avocados, butter, mayonnaise, gravy, fatty meat (bacon, sausages, ribs, pastrami, salami), salad dressing
Lean meat, fish and dairy Nonfat and low-fat dairy:
2-3 cups per day

Lean meat and fish:
2-3 ounces per day
Nonfat and low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and soy products, beans, and skinless chicken or turkey, lean meat, and fish. Baked, grilled, or broiled, not fried.
Fruits and vegetables Fruits:
2-4 per day (1-1/2 cups)

Vegetables
3-5 per day (1-1/2 cups)
Apples, bananas, pears, melon, strawberries, grapes, cherries, oranges, tangerines, carrots, celery, broccoli, green beans, peas, lettuce, tomatoes
Bread, cereal, rice, and pasta 6-11 per day
6 ounces total. 1 ounce equals 1 slice of bread, 1 cup dry cereal or 1/2 cup rice, pasta, or cereal.
Whole grain bread, cereal (vitamin fortified), rice, crackers, tortillas, pretzels, pasta, granola bars

Eating habits to avoid

Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Choose My Plate website, with tools for children.

Healthy Habits

Safety

Provide a safe environment for your child:

Parenting

Suggested Resources

Websites

Suggested reading

Next well-child visit: 8 years

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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Clinical review by Steve Berman, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 04/01/2013