Can you identify your child’s main role model? Hint: Look in the mirror. It’s you! Children naturally mimic their parents -- that includes their attitude toward exercise and eating right. If you want your child to have a healthy lifestyle, you can’t just talk the talk. You need to walk the walk.
Use that role model power to help improve your family’s health with these tips.
Make your home a healthy eating zone:
Get your family moving:
Note: Children ages 6 -17 should get at least an hour of physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; adults require about half of that.
Limit screen time:
Practice what you preach:
By practicing what you preach, you're showing your kids you believe in what you're saying -- and that what goes for them goes for you as well. Remember to not give up. Change is tough, but studies show that it’s easier to establish good eating habits and maintain a healthy weight later in life if you start during childhood.
Do you have any other ways to encourage healthy living with your kids? Tell us in the comments!
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Krames Staywell; United States Department of Agriculture; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Let’s Move
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