Today’s post – How to Keep Your Family Healthy
Healthy children are happy children, just ask any parent. You can keep your child healthy and set them on the path to an active adulthood by instilling good eating and exercise habits at a young age.
How to Keep Your Family Healthy – simple tips
Getting Your Kids Interested in Exercise
The NHS advises that children should get at least 60 minutes of physical exercise every day. Some of this can be guaranteed in your child’s physical education lessons at school, but there are plenty of things that you can do as a parent to make sure that your child is as active as possible. It’s important that you set a good example for your child, so leave the car at home and walk whenever possible. Walking your children to school or allowing them to ride bikes or scooters there is an easy way to boost the amount of physical activity they are getting on a regular basis. Instead of sitting in front of the television in the evenings, why not suggest a family walk in the park or a game of football in the garden? Remember that play counts as exercise too, so invite your child’s friends round and allow them to entertain themselves without the use of a laptop or a games console.
Involving Your Child in the Kitchen
A balanced diet is essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Children and adults should aim to eat five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, and to eat meals that are based around starchy foods like potatoes, rice and pasta. Try to go for wholegrain alternatives where possible and buy low-fat dairy options when you can. By getting your child involved in the cooking and shopping, you can educate and encourage them at the same time. Try taking your child to the supermarket and ask them to read the packets of snack foods to locate the fat and sugar content. You can also ask for your child’s help in the kitchen when preparing healthy meals, and encourage them to build up a cookbook of favourite balanced dishes.
Some childhood illnesses like chickenpox are almost inevitable, but if your child has a genetic predisposition towards certain health problems it’s important to be aware of this. If you don’t know whether your child is genetically predisposed towards asthma or diabetes, you can’t prepare effectively. You may wish to take your child to the GP to discuss your family health history, or to undergo a simple DNA test to ascertain whether or not your child is predisposed to certain health conditions. For more information, contact a specialist firm like IBDNA.
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