Healthy Habits for Kids | HealthLink BC - Deepstash

Your child's habits start with you

The most important thing to remember is that you are your child's role model. Your habits affect your children's habits.

If your habits are unhealthy—smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or always expecting the worst, for example—your child is more likely to get those habits.

If your habits are healthy—eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, looking forward to tomorrow, for example—your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

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Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods so that your child gets the nutrients he or she needs for normal growth. If your child regularly eats a wide variety of basic foods, he or she will be well-nourished.

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Children as young as preschool age benefit from exercise and fitness as much as adults do. Experts recommend that teens and children (starting at age 5) do moderate to vigorous activity at least 1 hour every day.

  • Make them breathe harder and make the heart beat much faster than normal.
  • Make their muscles stronger. For example, they could play on playground equipment, play tug-of-war, do sit-ups, or use resistance bands.
  • Make their bones stronger. For example, they could run, play hopscotch, jump rope, or play basketball or tennis.

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Inner strength, often called "resilience," is the ability to cope with the stressful situations that life throws at us.

Building inner strength begins with simple actions or thoughts that your child practices, such as planning for what to do next and learning to accept change. Inner strength can help a child face problems.

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