SET AN EXAMPLE
The first thing you need to do is …setting a good example to your daughter by doing the following things yourself. In fact, you can do things together, like planning and making healthy meals, as well as taking brisk walks in your neighborhood a few times a week (these activities also create a great opportunity to chat).
TEACH HER HOW TO EAT RIGHT
As your daughter’s body will be growing and developing fast during puberty, she'll need to keep her energy levels up by eating a well-balanced diet. This should include:
• Protein-rich foods – such as fish, meat, cheese and eggs
• Complex carbohydrates – such as whole grains and brown bread
• Dairy foods
• Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
Have breakfast every morning for that all-important energy boost at the start of the day.
Your daughter should drink plenty of water!
ENCOURAGE HER TO BE ACTIVE
Getting regular exercise will make your daughter feel good, improve her strength and co-ordination, keep her energy levels high, and avoid health concerns in puberty in general. Playing a sport she enjoys, or simply having fun with friends through rollerblading, cycling and walking to school, will keep your daughter fit and ensure that she has an opportunity to socialize with her peers in a health-enhancing way.