Exploring the Habits of Healthier Households
As kids grow up and take responsibility for their own health, they will take the lessons they have learned at home as an example of how to live on their own. This means that you will want to set a great example from early on in your child’s life by implanting these healthier habits that can fit into any family’s routine.
Eating Dinner at the Table Together
Studies have shown that children who live in homes where family dinners are prepared at home and served around the table instead of in front of the television are less likely to be overweight or obese. When kids are involved in dinner preparation, they are also more open to eating their vegetables and trying new foods. Starting a small garden in the backyard will only further benefit your efforts to get your kids to eat healthier.
Visiting the Doctor Regularly
Annual checkups are good for people of all ages, so you should not only schedule visits for your child to see the pediatrician, but you should maintain regular doctor visits for yourself as well. Regular blood tests and other screenings can reveal health risks or existing conditions that won’t show other symptoms right away.
Setting Health and Fitness Goals
Whether your family has set a goal to exercise more often, eat healthier, or lose weight together, these goals can be much more achievable from a group perspective. When you have the support of everyone in your household, you are more accountable for your individual goals and have motivation to help everyone else in the family succeed.
Washing Hands Frequently
To keep illnesses from spreading through your household, you will want to make hand washing second nature for every member of the family. Before cooking or eating, after using the bathroom, and after playing outside are all times when everyone should wash their hands thoroughly to keep germs away.
With MountainView Hospital in your community, you can maintain a healthier household and find excellent medical care when you need it. You can keep in touch with us using our iNotify app , calling us at (702) 233-5300, or texting ‘ER’ to 23000 to get current emergency room wait times.