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Encouraging healthy habits in children is essential, because it will affect how they behave as adults. Studies show that children who lead a healthy lifestyle are more likely to be in good health as they get older, so following healthy habits, such as eating a balanced diet and being active, will help your kids grow into strong, healthy adults. With that in mind, here are some tips for promoting healthy habits in children:
Encourage healthy eating habits
What your child eats will play a crucial role in their health and wellbeing. Good nutrition is crucial at every age, but it is especially important for children who are still growing and developing. You must ensure that your child eats a balanced diet and gets all of the nutrients and minerals that they need to maintain good health. Eating a balanced diet will help your child maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of health issues like obesity and type two diabetes. According to experts at MANA: “Good nutrition can help children establish healthy eating habits and nutritional knowledge that they can apply throughout life.” Your child is more likely to make healthy food choices in their adolescent and adult years if they eat a nutritious diet as a child. Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Sit down as a family to eat a healthy breakfast and schedule family evening meals during the week. Limit the number of processed foods and encourage your child to choose healthy snacks like fresh fruit slices and nuts instead of junk food.
Do outdoor family activities
Along with diet, exercise is crucial to maintaining good health in children. It is recommended that children between the ages of 6 and 17 do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Exercising together is a great way to encourage your family to be more active and it can also be a fun way to bond with your children. Go out for a family walk or play sports in your local park instead of watching television. At the weekends, choose outdoor family activities such as visiting a National Park or going on a countryside hike. There are also plenty of activity clubs or local sports teams that your kid can join. This will increase their activity levels and help them socialize and bond with their peers.
Apply for healthy start vouchers
Leading a healthier lifestyle while taking care of a family can be expensive. Take a look at this article by Growing Power for more advice on how to apply for financial aid to support a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. There are also a lot of financial aid schemes to support parents and their children. For instance, you can apply for Healthy Start vouchers if you receive certain benefits and have a child under the age of four. These vouchers can be used to buy healthy food items such as fruit and vegetables.