4 Ways to Raise Health-Conscious Kids

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When raising children, it’s important to instill in them the value of a health-conscious lifestyle. Raising children who value their well-being, physically and mentally, will prepare them for the challenges they face as they grow into adulthood. Here are four ways that you, as a parent, can instill health-consciousness in your children as they grow up:

  1. Be a good example for them. It isn’t enough to tell your children that they need to eat right, exercise and go to the doctor regularly. You need to do all of these things. You are the model upon which your children will base themselves, and so you need to be the best example possible in regards to health. If you exercise and eat right, your children are more likely to do those things as they grow up.
  2. Take them to the doctor regularly. Your greatest health ally outside of your family is your primary care physician. Getting your children into the habit of meeting with a doctor regularly for checkups will encourage them to do the same.  
  3. Keep them active. Sign your kids up for team sports. If they don’t like team sports, encourage them to bike, swim, or play outside as much as possible. Creating healthy fitness habits early will keep your children fit when they are young, and also encourage them to keep up those habits as they get older.
  4. Let them help cook healthy meals. It’s important to cook healthy meals for your family. Let your kids help. Whether it’s chopping vegetables, or stirring a sauce, letting your kids help prepare healthy meals teaches them how to make healthy food for themselves.  It also gives them something that they can feel ownership of- helping them to value healthy food.

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