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Tips for Boosting Your Child’s Mental and Physical Health

by Leslie Campos

Kids who are raised in happy and healthy households grow into adults who are well-adjusted and ready to face the world on their own. Encouraging healthy behaviors from a young age is key! What’s more, it’s never too late to instill healthy habits in our children. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the following resources can help you promote good mental and physical health in your family.

Model Healthy Behaviors

Remember, you are your child’s role model. Encouraging healthy habits in your little one starts with taking healthy actions for your own brain and body.

● Work with a registered dietitian nutritionist like Sara Kuhn to improve your eating habits.

● Commit to some form of physical activity every day.

● Going back to school is another great way to model positive behaviors for your kids.

● Try to acknowledge and put an end to your own bad habits.

Make Healthy Eating a Priority

Eating nutritious foods is important for healthy cognitive development. Steering clear of processed foods and sugary sweets can also help your kids maintain stable energy levels throughout the day.

● Help your children develop a healthy relationship with food by getting them involved in the cooking process as much as possible.

● Offer choices and respect your children’s freedom. They are more likely to try new foods if they feel some sense of control over their options.

● Teach your kids how to analyze and interpret marketing messages that promote junk food.

● Help your teen discover tasty alternatives to their favorite junk foods.

Spend More Time Outdoors

Being outside is as good for the brain as it is for the body. Encourage your kids to join you for some outside fun — and get active at the same time!

● Struggling to get your kids away from their electronics? Teach them to self-manage their screen time.

Introduce your kids to the great outdoors when they’re young.

● Get your teens outside by encouraging their interest in adventurous outdoor activities like day hiking, skiing, or kayaking.

We all want our kids to lead happy and healthy lives. Fortunately, as parents, we have a lot of control over the habits our kids pick up as they progress through childhood and beyond. Help your kids establish healthy habits that will stick with them for life!

Are you looking to start a healthy eating journey? Contact Dazzling Dietitian to schedule a nutrition session today! Call 419-654-1494.

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