Developing Healthy Family Habits
Changing habits can start with just doing something a little differently. To begin, set an intention, create a reasonable goal and take action to begin to make positive changes. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Have dinner as a family. Why? Studies show that families who eat together eat healthier food, are less overweight and have children who perform better in school.
Eat together ____ nights a week. (Set it depending on your family’s needs.)
Start with one dinner together on a weekend, which can be less hectic.
Create quality time with your children. Why? Studies show children who have parents involved in their lives do better in school and life.
Read with your child each day.
Start with a bedtime story your child chooses. Ask questions as you read. Keep it fun!
Eat healthier. Why? Fresh, less processed, low-sugar food improves health for people of all ages.
Swap in one healthier alternative — and swap out something that isn’t so nutritious for you or your family.
Take a one-week vacation from _____. (Potato chips? Ice cream? Fried chicken?) Try a vegetable or fruit you don’t usually eat. (Dragon fruit? Sprouts?)
Get active as a family. Why? People who are active are healthier and live longer.
Find ways to be active ____ times a week as a family. (Set it depending on your family’s needs.)
After dinner, dance! Do yoga with your children. (See First5LA.org/parenting/articles/yoga-for-all/ for instructions) Instead of driving to do errands on the weekend, try walking. Have a family dog? Take it for a stroll - here's a fun game that you can play.
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