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Health Tip: Help Your Child Develop Healthy Habits

Set a good example at home

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(HealthDay News) -- Healthy habits for regular exercise and a good diet start at home, and they should start at a young age.

The American Heart Association offers these suggestions to help your child stay healthy for life:

  • Set a good example by living a healthy lifestyle yourself.
  • Make exercise a family activity that involves everyone. Make family time for exercise every day, choosing sports and games that everyone enjoys.
  • Set a limit on the amount of time your child spends watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer.
  • Set goals for your child, such as a certain amount of daily physical activity or limits on the amount of unhealthy foods allowed.
  • Encourage and reward good behavior, but never with food.
  • Have a healthy dinner as a family every night.
  • Teach your child to read food labels, and to recognize which foods are healthy and which aren't.


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