Tips to Help Your Children Form Healthy Habits for Life

Healthy habits start early. If your children learn good habits from a young age, they’ll be likely to stick with them throughout their lives. Give your kids the best start you can.Healthy kid lunch

Healthy Hygiene: Make proper hand-washing a family tradition. Frequent hand-washing prevents the spread of germs that can lead to cold, flu, and other illnesses. Proper hand-washing includes soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing fronts, backs, and in between fingers followed by a clean rinse and drying on a clean towel. Don’t forget proper tooth-brushing at least twice a day as well.

The spread of germs can also be curbed by sneezing into an elbow or using a tissue then properly disposing of it. Also, teach kids to close the lid before flushing to keep microscopic germs from settling on kids or other surfaces when the water swirls.

Healthy Nutrition: Start early with a healthy diet. Kids should have 3 meals a day and 2 nutritious snacks. A diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy is nutritious and delicious.

Healthy Exercise: Kids should get thirty minutes to an hour of exercise or rigorous play each day. Make family fun time that involves playing a sport, riding bikes, going for a walk, swimming, or just running around in the yard. If the whole family gets involved, exercise is fun and becomes a regular habit.

Healthy Imagination: Getting away from the TV and other entertainment offered by technology is important. Unplugged play will stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity. Encourage your kids to build a spaceship from an old box or act out their favorite storybook.

Healthy Communication: Get involved in your child’s life each and every day. The more you talk about topics from friends, to safety, to making good choices, the better informed your child will be. Establishing regular and open communication will be essential when it comes time to discuss smoking, drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity. Open the door to communication from the start and always be willing to listen.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has a great online resource for raising healthy kids. Call our Consult-a-Nurse service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for more information on healthy living!

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