Tips For Becoming Healthier As A Family
Board games, movie nights, vacations—lots of things are better as a family. And that includes getting and staying healthy.
Planning family time can be challenging. But it's worth the effort to bring everyone together. Here are five tips to make better health a family goal.
Make family time active time
Ask your kids for ideas on ways to be active as a family and follow through on some of their favorite picks. Bike to the library together or explore a nearby park. Encourage everybody to train for a charity walk or run. Is somebody's birthday coming up? Celebrate with something active—a pool party, volleyball game, or hike.
Stay away from screens
Every moment sitting is a moment nobody's moving. Limit kids' TV, computer, and video game time to one or two hours each day. And remember, kids imitate their parents, so set a good example and minimize your screen time too.
Track everyone's progress and post the results on your fridge. For a sample log, visit actionforhealthykids.org.
Provide healthy food choices
Put a bowl of washed fruit on the table where it's easy to see and grab. And shop smart at the grocery store—eating healthy is easier when foods like chips and candy aren't in your pantry.
Gather in the kitchen and around the table
Let your kids help you plan and prepare healthy foods, and eat together as a family whenever possible. Table time helps kids and parents stay close.
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Sources: American Academy of Family Physicians; National Institutes of Health