With the arrival of the New Year, come new opportunities to improve your health. At Woodburn Pediatric Clinic, we believe children and adults alike can benefit from setting healthy New Year’s resolutions. Make being healthy fun while spending quality time with your child with seven of the best New Year’s resolutions for kids:
Get Out and Play More
Children respond better to exercise when it is fun and exciting. Outdoor games are an excellent resolution that most children can easily commit to.
Try a New Sport
Sports do more than just keep your child fit and healthy. They also teach essential life skills, such as team work, determination, and critical thinking. Enroll your child in a new sport that they enjoy.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Many children forget to apply sunscreen before heading outdoor. This simple resolution will keep your child protected from harmful UV rays. You can help your son or daughter stick with it by giving them a small, travel sized sunscreen with a key ring. Attach it to their backpack or house key to keep it in their sight.
Replace One Snack Food with Fruit
Kids love snacks, but many are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, and are high in fat and sugar. You can encourage healthy eating habits by asking your child to swap one snack food a day with a piece of fruit.
Replace Sugary Beverages with Water
Sugary drinks, such as soda and juice, should be used as an occasional treat. Ask your child to replace one sugary drink a day with a glass of water. Take this resolution one step further by not purchasing soda or juice as often as you normally would.
Create a Family Activity Night and Stick with It
A family activity night is a great way to jumpstart your healthy New Year. Select a night that works for everyone and mark it on a calendar. Your family’s activity night can include board games, outdoor play, or other healthy activities that you and your children enjoy.
Promote Good Hygiene
When it comes to personal hygiene, some children need a gentle nudge to keep them on track. Your child can set a resolution that involves him or her committing to performing the following actions each day: washing their hands after using the toilet, brushing their teeth twice a day, and flossing regularly.
When setting New Year’s resolutions with your child, try to make it as fun and exciting as possible to keep him or her motivated to follow through with these goals. For more kid-friendly health resources, tips and tricks visit our pediatric blog.