How can families be healthier?

If you are on a weight loss journey, one of the best ways to be successful is to get everyone on board. Its easier to cook healthy meals for everyone in the family then just cooking for yourself and then making something different for everyone else. Involving the whole family is the best way to promote better eating habits.african-american-family-meal-father-mother-children-healthy-fruits-cheese-vegetables

Here are some tips that can help you and your family on this journey.

.Lead by example. Adult family members are important role models for healthy eating and exercise. Talk to your kids about why you want to eat fruit as a snack instead of chips and soda. Take an exercise class, go for walks as a family.

  • Start them young- Dont wait until your child is at an unhealthy weight to institute good eating and activity habits. Its much easier to maintain a healthy weight than to lose pounds later.
  • Be active together.- Make it the the norm for your family to be active, not sedentary. Being active as a family allows kids to burn energy in a positive way, and adults get health benefits too
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  • Cook together.- It may not be possible to do it everyday, but invite your kids to help you prepare dinner. Kids can learn math skills by measuring and they will understand the chemistry of cooking.
  • Eat together.- Eating together as a family sends them the right message of nutrition. They will also see meal time as a time to socialize and share about their day with family members.eating-together
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