8-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

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

Use this chart as a guide for feeding children ages 5 to 10 years old:

Food Group Number of Servings Examples
Fats and oils 3-4 teaspoons per day Oil, olives, nuts, 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
5 ounces per day
Nonfat and low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, soy products, beans, skinless chicken or turkey, lean meat, and fish. Baked, grilled, or broiled, but 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 ounces per day
1 ounce = 1 slice of bread, 1 cup dry cereal, 1/2 cup rice, pasta, or cereal
Whole grain bread, cereal (vitamin fortified), rice, crackers, tortillas, pretzels, pasta, granola bars.

Healthy Habits

Safety

Provide a safe environment for your child.

Parenting

School

Help your child unwind after school:

Help your child get organized:

Establish a regular homework routine:

Make learning important and fun:

If your child is being bullied:

If your child is a bully:

Suggested Resources

Websites

Suggested Reading

Next well-child visit: 10 years

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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