Finding ways to keep you and your children healthy is part of daily living. You will see that a nutritious diet, exercise, reduced stress, and regular health checkups add up to good overall health. Driving safely and teaching your children this skill is another important asset. Let’s take a closer look at the ways to stay healthy.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
The best diet for the whole family is a well-balanced diet that includes multiple food groups. Try to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals. Use vegetables in soups, salads, stews, and main entrees. Fresh fruit can also sometimes make a better dessert or snack than cake, cookies, and ice cream. Switch to whole grain bread and pasta because it has more nutrition and provides your body with energy.
Cut down on sugar in your diet because too much can cause diabetes, weight gain, and blindness. According to the National Institute of Health, 90% of blindness caused by diabetes is preventable. You should also cut down on baked goods, cookies, cake, ice cream, candy, white bread, white rice, and carbs. Substitute soda with seltzer water, low-sugar juices, iced tea, or lemonade. Check labels for too much fat, sugar, and fat in frozen, dry, and canned products. When shopping, cut down on snack food and sweet treats for the entire family. Serve popcorn, nuts, granola, fruit, and seeds for snacks instead.
Fit Exercise Into Your Routine
When you have younger children, find ways to get them to exercise and play. Jumping rope, playing games outside, hopscotch, and kickball are fun ways for kids to exercise with others outdoors. Walking in the neighborhood or parks, riding bikes, hiking, swimming, and working in the yard are effective ways for a family to exercise. Encourage your children to develop a form of exercise they enjoy so they will keep doing it. Let them help with cleaning and yard work, starting with small tasks. A swing set, a basketball hoop, and an outdoor sprinkler can be a simple, easy way for your children to exercise in warmer weather.
Teach Teens To Drive Safely
Teaching teens to drive safely by taking courses and setting a good example will prevent accidents and injuries. More accidents are caused due to people driving when distracted or intoxicated. When using a cell phone, it is better to pull over or stop at a gas station or restaurant before using it. A good driver’s education course will teach your teens the basics, but your driving will set an example for them to follow.
You should set rules for teenagers or older drivers and have consequences if they break the rules. According to the World Bank blog, over 1.25 million people die in vehicle accidents each year, and 20-50 million sustain injuries and receive permanent disability from accidents. As a family, practicing safe driving techniques will help you avoid accidents.
Find Ways to Relieve Stress
Find ways to reduce stress for adults and children. Learning deep breathing techniques and meditation can be effective ways for children and adults to beat stress. Developing a hobby can be a way to learn new skills and develop concentration. Drawing, making crafts, gardening, cooking, listening to music, and reading are all good hobbies and ways to relieve stress for the entire family. Even if you don’t stick with a new hobby, finding an event for the family to do together can help.
Get Regular Health Checkups
Parents should get regular yearly checkups for themselves and their children. Regular doctor and dental checkups prevent chronic disease in adults and children. Dental checkups prevent serious problems with teeth. Over 3.5 million children and teens start wearing braces every year, according to the American Orthodontics Association. Dental cleaning and checkup can let you know if your children need braces. Regular doctor checkups help prevent chronic disease by treating it early. If you don’t currently have a doctor that you visit regularly, be sure to ask your friends and family for recommendations.
These are some ways to keep your family healthy. If your whole family is dedicated to healthy living, it will be easier to stick to these ideas. Once you get into a routine, it will be easier to follow.