School Nurses: Sarah Senger and Shiela Smith
6 Healthy Habits Parents Should Teach Their Kids
As a parent, you pass more than genes down to your children. Kids pick up your habits too, both good and bad. Share these helpful health tips with your kids and let them know you care about their health. Work on these healthy habits as a family.
HABIT 1: Make Eating Colorful
Eating foods of different colors has health benefits and can make mealtime fun. Make an effort to incorporate a range of colorful fruits and vegetable into your diet.
HABIT 2: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Starting your day with a low-fat breakfast helps to kick start your brain function as well as increasing your energy level. Eating breakfast also helps maintain a healthy body weight. Harvard Medical School confirms that going without breakfast correlates with four times the likelihood of obesity.
HABIT 3: Pick Enjoyable Physical Activities
Not every child loves sports but when kids find physical activities they enjoy, staying healthy and active becomes easy. If your child hasn’t found their sport yet, encourage them to keep trying. Expose your child to a range of physical activities and they are bound to find something they enjoy.
HABIT 4: Drink Water, Not Soda
This message is simple: water is healthy, soda is unhealthy. Water is a vital resource that humans cannot live without while the sugar in soda provides no nutrients and adds calories that can lead to weight problems.
HABIT 5: Spend Time with Friends
Friendships are very important to the development of school-age children. Playing with friends teaches kids valuable social skills such as communication, cooperation, and problem-solving. Learning to get along with friends will set your child up with life skills they can draw on for years to come.
HABIT 6: Stay Positive
It’s easy for kids to get discouraged when things don’t go their way. Help your kids develop healthy self-esteem and a positive mindset by teaching them they are lovable, capable, and unique no matter what challenges they face in life.