Learning how to be healthy from a early age will help your children get the most out of their school years and set them up for success in the future.
Regular physical activity helps children build healthy bones and muscles, and maintain a healthy weight. Children need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Take a longer walking route to the school bus in the morning. Visit the park and shoot some hoops after school.Or go for a family walk or bike ride after dinner.
Exercise helps children stay alert in school, promotes self-esteem,and lessens depression and anxiety.
Unplug the Electronics— time spent watching TV and playing computer and video games can harm a child's academic performance. School-age children should not get more than 1-2 hours of screen time per day, instead, distract them with crafts, hobbies, and books.
Also, move televisions out of bedrooms and keep them turned off during homework time.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a good breakfast can sharpen your child's memory and improve school test scores. After breakfast, children also need guidance to make healthy food choices.
Avoid having junk food and sodas in the house. Also, limit their juice intake.
• Practice healthy snacking. Healthy snacks include low-fat yogurt, veggies and low-fat dip, and dried or fresh fruit.
• Keep offering picky eaters nutritious items. Children may need to be exposed to a new food up to 10 times before they accept it.
The key to getting your children to adopt a healthy lifestyles, is by setting a good example by eating right and getting plenty of exercise.
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center/ Living Well
29 April 2011