Five Resolutions to Help Keep Kids Healthy in 2010

Posted December 31st, 2009 by Jill Addeo | 1 Comment »

It’s New Year’s Eve and everyone is making their resolutions for 2010. Every year we plan to lose weight, stop smoking and remove unnecessary stress from our lives. And every year we usually forget our resolutions by the middle of January. So, this year why not buck up and make a resolution that counts. Resolve to help your kids stay healthy. Here are a few easy ways to make it happen.

  1. Stay active as a family. Instead of arbitrarily sending your kids out to play, plan at least 60 minutes every day for your family to engage in an activity together. Take an evening walk or toss the football in the backyard. Plan fun games, either indoor or out, that will get everyone off the couch and moving. And do it as a family.
  2. Make it easy for kids to make healthy choices. Instead of stocking the pantry with cookies and chips, keep raisins, fruit and other healthy snacks on hand. Keep whole grain and healthy breakfast food available (avoid sugary cereal). Try to eat as a family at least three times a week.
  3. Success tastes good. Find healthy ways to prepare your kids favorite foods like pizza, tacos and burgers. Vary how you prepare meals so kids don’t get bored. If they enjoy healthy food, they’ll want to eat it all the time.
  4. Get help if you need it. Planning a healthy family menu that doesn’t get stale can be a challenge. Talk to a nutritionist if you need support in creating a menu that’s delicious, engaging and healthy.
  5. Keep it upbeat. The more fun you make being healthy, the more your kids will want to be involved. Your kids react to your feelings, so its important to be positive about your new healthy lifestyle. Make it fun. Keep it lively.

Good luck with your new healthy routine and have a safe and happy New Year!

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Posted in Children's Health, Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Parenting Tips

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