Starting a new year often means making healthier choices. This year, with the entire family in mind, you can start making smarter decisions together. Rather than go it alone, you and your loved ones can build an accountability system to keep each other on track and live your best, healthiest lives. Follow these tips to get your kids involved.
Start With Eating Habits
A great morning turns into a great day, so start this new year by eating breakfast with the entire family. Even though mornings can be hectic, challenge yourself to get up just a little bit earlier to make time for this morning meal. It’s proven that children who eat breakfast in the morning perform better at school. Help them get off to a good start and begin this helpful habit today!
Move Around More
Everyone always talks about getting more exercise in the new year, but it doesn’t need to be a gym membership or expensive classes. For you and your child, it can be as simple as walking around the block. When the weather is cold, it can even be parking further away at the grocery store to get in those extra steps. During the next winterized weekend, try setting up an obstacle course in the house, just make sure you move any of the breakable house items out of the way. These small steps to a more active lifestyle help your child learn the importance of moving around. Once you’re up for it, move up to bike rides or swimming (when the weather permits, of course)..
When you start your day with a hearty breakfast and stay active throughout the evening, you’ll want to end your day on a high note as well. This year, establish a solid bedtime routine that your child can expect every night. Most children respond well to a night time checklist that keeps them on track and on time.
Other Ways to Promote Wellness
Even the smallest healthy choices can make a world of difference in your child’s life. Here are other ways you can make sure your child is healthy and happy going into the new year:
– Meal prep lunch and dinner for healthy, quick meals
– Reduce technology use every day
– Spend more time outside
– Schedule family time around busy schedules
The pediatricians at Fall Hill are here to help you and your family make healthy choices all year long. If you have any questions about your child’s wellness, make an appointment with us today by calling our office at 540-899-2555!