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Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

by Asante Morton

Teaching a child healthy habits at an early age can last a lifetime

a princess like me

 

 What if I told you my child has never had   Captain Crunch or any other cereal with 20   grams of sugar per serving. 

  Well I’m happy to say he has never had a   bowl! Like the saying “you can’t miss   something you never had.”

  Its never to early to teach your child healthy habits so that you can possibly prevent future health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. According to the American heart association heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans, and stroke is also a leading cause of death. As frightening as those statistics are the risks of getting those diseases are even higher for African-Americans. I have made it my mission to teach my children healthy habits because they learn from influences around them. 

As parents we can lay the foundation to develop healthy habits by helping our children practice the habits consistently. Try to incorporate these 7 tips to get your child started on a healthy journey.

Lead by Example

If you show your child, you care about your health they will likely do the same.

Eat the Rainbow

Children require a variety of nutrients to support growth and development. It is recommended they get at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables daily. Provide fruits and vegetables as snacks. Swap out unhealthy snacks like chips with carrot sticks and hummus.

Stay Hydrated

Cut out the juice and other sugary drinks and drink more water. It is recommended that children drink at least 3 to 4 cups of water a day. Convincing a child to choose water over sugary drinks may be a challenge but you can try ways to make drinking water fun. Add a slice of fruit, freeze fruit in place of ice cubes, and choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. You will save money and reduce your child’s sugar intake.

As parents we can lay the foundation to develop healthy habits by helping our children practice the habits consistently. Try to incorporate these 7 tips to get your child started on a healthy journey.

Encourage Physical Activity

The US Department of Health and human services recommend children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Get your little one moving! Ride a bike, jump rope, take a family walk to the park or take a swim.

Limit Screen Time

Research has shown that children who cut down on screen time also reduced their percentage of body fat. Instead of screen time encourage your child to read a book or play board games to help stimulate the brain.

a princess like me

Empower

It is important to empower your child by creating positive beliefs in themselves, so it is much harder for people to tear them down. Empowering your child will give him or her the power to stand up against anything. Create positive affirmations that your child can repeat daily such as; I am brave, I am creative, I am loved, I am kind, I am strong.

Get Enough Rest 

It is recommended that children between 5 and 12 years old get at least 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep contribute to obesity, behavioral and, learning problems. Make sleep for your little one a priority. Make a schedule, start bedtime earlier, keep the same routine on weekends and vacation.

 

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