Jan 20, 2017
Post By: Children's Health
Most experts (including the ones from Clinical Nutrition at Children’s) agree that cultivating healthy eating and exercise habits in children at an early age increases the chances that those habits will carry over into adulthood.
Though much is being done in our schools and communities to help support healthy lifestyles in children, parents and guardians have a unique opportunity to introduce and reinforce these principles at home through a few relatively simple techniques.
How can I get my kids involved?
Asking your children to help during the food buying and preparing process can help them feel more involved. Here are a few tips to make them a part of the action:
How can I model an active lifestyle?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should be active for at least 60 minutes each day. Of course, this doesn’t mean your child needs to hit the gym or find a personal
trainer. Go for a brisk walk, take a bike ride or shoot some hoops.
In addition to getting your exercise, you might find that this time spent being active with your children provides great opportunities to bond over a shared goal.
How much sleep is enough for my child?
Making sure your family gets enough sleep is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Well-rested children are typically happier and healthier as well.
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