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How to Help Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Posted Apr 20 2011 11:55am

This shouldn’t be anything you haven’t already heard. It’s more of a reminder for all of us.

If you want to help your kids develop healthy habits, you need to have healthy habits. I don’t think there is any way around that. Why would you expect your kids to choose vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods — both now and as they get older — when as parents we gorge ourselves on fast food, sodas and cookies for the majority of our meals?

“You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice of your efforts. You’ll send a message that good health is impor­tant to your family.”

– American Heart Association: Help Children Develop Healthy Habits

I’ve never been prouder of my 2-year-old daughter than when she says “I want brock-lee [broccoli]” or ” I want a ooornge [orange]. What really makes me happy is when she says “I wanna go yunnin [running] with daddy.”

My wife and I certainly aren’t perfect but we try to set a good example for our little one each day. We all feel better — yes, even the little one — when we get plenty of physical activity and eat nutritious foods.

My daughter stuffing her face with broccoli and sweet potatoes.



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