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Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

Children love to imitate mom and dad, and this puts parents in an ideal situation to model healthy habits. While no one can be perfect all the time, eating a healthy diet and being physically active with your children on most days sends the right message. In addition, consider modeling the following healthy behaviors recommended by the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Limit screen time – whether it’s a television, computer or phone screen
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Wear a helmet for activities such as biking or skating
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Brush and floss teeth every day
  • Don’t smoke
  • Wash hands
  • Make time for family dinner

Finally, if you make it a habit to reach for water instead of soda or juice to quench your thirst, your children will most likely make water their beverage of choice. Not only will this healthy habit help control calories, but it will also reduce the risk for tooth decay.

http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Nutrition/DRI-Tables/9_Electrolytes_Water%20Summary.pdf?la=en

https://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/kidshealthyhabits/