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Janet V. Johnson, MD
Healthy Resolutions For Your Family
Loving Care Pediatrics

Healthy Resolutions For Your Family

Healthy Resolutions For Your Family

We all make resolutions at the beginning of the New Year; however it may be difficult to stick to our plans if we don’t have constant support. That’s why making resolutions we can stick to as a family is such an important part of creating lasting changes. We can support each other while everyone works toward becoming a happier, healthier, more united family unit.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

It should be everyone’s goal to eat a healthy meal every morning. Whether you drink a fresh fruit smoothie or sit down with a bowl of oatmeal, make sure that every member of the family eats something sustaining before leaving the house.

Eating before you leave eliminates the temptation to stop at a fast food restaurant or grab a doughnut and coffee before work. Resolve to keep healthy foods and fruit stocked in the kitchen and readily accessible for the mornings to help the entire family stick to this goal.

Wash Your Hands

Making a point to wash your hands before eating is a great way to get rid of germs, prevent some diseases and cut down on the number of illnesses each member of your family has to endure each year. There are germs on almost every surface your body comes into contact with and making a concerted, long-term effort to wash your hands helps to keep the germs out of the house.

Avoid Destructive Habits

Develop healthy routines that can help you lead a healthy life. Avoid unhealthy habits such as alcohol abuse, smoking and drug abuse. Poor eating and exercise habits may lead to heart disease, cancer, and unhealthy weight gain or vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

Exercise Together

Regular exercise can help prevent some diseases, increase your energy level, aid in managing stress and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Balanced exercise is important – do aerobic exercise to benefit your cardiovascular system, strength training to improve muscle tone and stretching to enhance flexibility. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three days a week.

Spending time with your kids seems like a great excuse for skipping a workout, but you can have quality time and workout at the same time. Playing basketball with your kids, going on a family hike, or racing around a track are all great ways to get in your exercise while bonding as a family and enjoying nature.

Find Purpose In Life

We all have unique talents and abilities, interest and values. Encourage your children as well as yourselves to find purpose for your life in sharing your unique gifts with others. The things that give you joy or help you feel vital can increase your sense of purpose and ultimately will result in a satisfying relationship and interaction for everyone.

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