We all want our kids to live happy, healthy lives. A great place to start is by being a good role model. Eat well yourself, get physical activity and let your kids know that healthy habits are important to you and to them. They will notice what you’re doing to be healthy, how good you feel about yourself and how much fun you are having.
Here are three great tips from the American Heart Association to get you started:
- Be realistic—Setting realistic goals and limits are key to adopting any new behavior. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time, so start small and build up.
- Encourage physical activities that they’ll really enjoy—Every child is unique. Let your child experiment with different activities until they find something that they really love doing. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it.
- Keep things positive—Keep it fun and positive. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.
In addition, it is important to:
Limit screen time—You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: sitting in front of a screen is bad for your health and your child’s health. Some tips to reduce your child’s screen time include:
- Not using screen time as a way to reward your child.
- Setting up a family game night and turning off all the screens in your home.
- Never eating meals in front of a screen.
- Limiting TV time and removing TVs from your child’s bedroom.
One last tip to help your family be healthier:
Sign up for CarePlus—CarePlus is a free concierge healthcare service that makes taking care of your family’s health easier and more convenient. When you sign up for CarePlus you receive exceptional care from a concierge team ready to:
- find the right doctor for you and your family members
- quickly get you the appointments you need
- get you faster access to your medical information—like lab results
- obtain referrals to specialists and pre-authorizations
- work with your insurer to help answer your insurance questions