Celebrating Family Wellness Month
This May, MountainView Hospital encourages our neighbors in Las Vegas to celebrate Family Wellness Month. This awareness month was created to support healthy lifestyle choices and family connectivity—two major aspects of well-being that are often neglected due to the fast pace of modern life. Every family has unique needs, goals, and definitions of wellness. For your family, celebrating Family Wellness Month might involve making appointments at the community hospital for annual check-ups. Or, it might mean sitting down to a family dinner together on most nights of the week.
Enjoying Family Meals
Sitting down together for dinner as a family can help promote well-balanced nutrition while combating childhood obesity. However, this family wellness choice has benefits beyond the obvious. Some proponents claim that family meals can help children develop better resilience, higher self-esteem, and even better academic performance. Family meals also offer teaching opportunities, especially for young children. Parents can ask preschool kids to make creative place cards for the table to promote writing skills and fine motor skills. Young kids can also learn about the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Older kids can learn practical food preparation skills that will serve them well for their lifetime.
Promoting Family Togetherness
In addition to sharing meals together, families can look for other ways of strengthening relationships and encourage connectivity. Consider declaring one day a month an “electronics-free day.” Instead of texting, playing video games, or watching movies, families can get outdoors and enjoy a bike ride, visit a farmer’s market, explore a zoo, or participate in volunteer activities like serving meals or building homes for the homeless.
Addressing Harmful Habits
Family Wellness Month is about coming together as a family. But sometimes, the health choices of an individual can affect the entire family. One major example is smoking. Smoking harms the health of everyone around the smoker, even after the cigarette has been extinguished. Emerging research highlights the dangers of third-hand smoke, or residual material left behind on clothing and other items. If one or both parents smoke, there’s no time like the present to kick the habit.
Here at MountainView Hospital, our providers are dedicated to helping families throughout Las Vegas live life well. Visit us online to sign up for our Health to You program or to read about our specialty services, including heart care, stroke care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss. For general information, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.