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Healthy New Year's Resolutions: Make them Last a Lifetime

We are still sweeping up the confetti from our New Year's Celebrations and looking ahead to the prospect of making some healthy changes.  It is no secret that many of us do not keep our New Year's Resolutions.  Change is difficult and the pressure we put on ourselves often causes us to fail.  The good news is there is strength in numbers!  So, get your entire family involved in making healthy choices that will last long after 2016.  Make changes that will last a lifetime.

Make Smart Food Choices

  • Offer children a variety of nutritious foods at regular intervals. Planned meals and snacks provide regular sources of energy, help children develop sensible eating patterns and control their weight more successfully.
  • Help children learn to identify and pay attention to feelings of hunger and fullness. Just because the clock says noon, it doesn't mean that they are hungry or should eat.
  • Avoid giving attention to picky eating behaviors. It's tempting to try to force or negotiate your child into eating, but these tactics don't work and may make the situation worse. As long as you provide a variety of healthy and appropriate foods, you can trust your child to decide how much of these foods to eat.
  • Limit Sweetened Drinks. Don't allow children to drink large amounts of fruit juices. A serving of 100 percent fruit juice is only six ounces. Limit sweetened drinks, including soda, fruit punch and bottled tea.
  • Remember your children are watching you! Be enthusiastic about eating a variety of foods. Buy fewer high-calorie, low nutrient foods. Encourage children to think of such foods as occasional treats, not regular fare. If they see you eating high calorie foods, they will want to eat those too.

Make Time for Activity

  • Plan Family Walks. Parents who make time for walking or to exercise regularly are setting an example that exercise is important to our health. Here are some ideas to increase your family's activity and have fun, too. Walk around the neighborhood and point out the seasonal changes. Vary your trips with bikes, scooters, or skateboards.
  • Work Together on Household Chores. Set a timer for 15 minutes and let your family run as fast as they can putting things away. You will get exercise and a clean house.
  • Limit TV, Videos, Video Games, and Computer Games Play catch, baseball, basketball or tennis. Put on some music and dance with scarves, ribbons, or crepe paper streamers. Place a broom over two chair backs and limbo under it to the other side. Bring out a game of twister. Play hopscotch with chalk and rocks on the sidewalk or driveway.
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