We see it more often than not when one member of the family is stressed out…every one in the family is affected. And, the opposite is also commonly true…when one member of the family is health conscious; the entire family tends to be health conscious.
So…the ball is in your court! If you want healthy kids be a healthy adult, and that means being pro-active when it comes to your health. We have all heard the cliché that “you are what you eat.” I think what is more true is that “you are what you buy.” This means that if you don’t buy junk food, sugary food, white flour products, soda and other “unhealthy” foods, then your family is far less likely to consume them…while it sounds funny…it is truly no joke. If your family had to snack on something healthy because there was nothing unhealthy to snack on, they would. And, what about a “family walk” after dinner? Your kids are more likely to go with you if you go for a walk just as they are more likely to sit and watch TV with you if that’s what you do.
Here’s a short checklist:
- Eat healthy
- Eat together
- Be active…together
- Grow into healthier choices
- Drink and offer more water as a choice
- Get restful and sufficient sleep
- Be the example for your children
Following these guidelines could pay off with a lifetime of good health for your family.
On the top of the list for promoting healthy eating in your children is to eat healthier yourself. Do as I say and not as I do has never worked and will never work…your actions will always speak more loudly than your words. Same is true with exercise and other healthy and health promoting habits and activities. Here’s a first step: in the hour or two before dinner, most kids are looking for a snack…make it a policy that the only snack available then is fruit or veggies.
More Thoughts on the Current Sickcare System:
One prevailing school of thought, and it’s not a bad one, is that that the only truly affordable, sustainable national system is one that provides preventative healthcare only. However, this thought process is still somewhat reactionary and fear based in its approach. What about a system that actually promotes and rewards healthy lifestyles and healthy behaviors?