Will your family greet the new year together with a commitment to healthy living in hand?
While you're devising resolutions for the upcoming year, remember that the most effective goals are usually done as a team. Get your entire family involved this year as you pledge to lead healthier lives. Here are some ideas for changes you can make together.
- Ban unhealthy foods from the kitchen. If everyone is committed to this resolution, you can make your home a haven free from temptation. No sweets or salty snacks allowed! Splurges can only happen outside the home.
- Select a family sports day. Maybe every Sunday afternoon you'll go to the local park and play a game of basketball or tennis. If your family isn't into sports, just get together for a walk or bike ride.
- Set bedtimes – for everyone. One of the most ignored health problems for Americans is lack of sleep. Whether you're a teenager or a grandparent, sleep deprivation is weakening your immune system and putting your mental health at risk. This year, enforce reasonable bedtimes for your children, and for yourselves.
- Start eating out only on special occasions. Home cooked meals may seem too stressful, but in the long run they are better for you and your family. Find recipes you love for family dinners, and start packing lunches for work and school with the leftovers.
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