Want to stick to your New Year's resolutions – and help your kids to stick to theirs? You're the greatest role model for your child, so make 2014 the year to not only make healthy choices, but also model a healthy lifestyle and eating habits for your family.
Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2014 with healthy behaviors and small changes, they really will add up over time:
- Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods.
- Fuel up the family for the day with a nutritious breakfast.
- Focus on health, not weight. Don't talk about your weight or put yourself down in front of your kids. You don't want them to think a healthy lifestyle is only about how much they weigh.
- Enjoy family dinner together each night or as often as possible.
- At each meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
- Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains.
- Get active. Fit in physical activity where you can in your day, whether taking a family walk after dinner or hitting the gym. Remember, children and teens should get 60 or more minutes of physical activity per day, and adults should get two and a half hours per week.
- Make simple food safety, like washing hands, part of every eating occasion.
- Stay positive and try not to complain about how much you dislike exercising or eating healthy foods; your child is listening to everything you say, even if you think they're ignoring you.
- Seek help from a qualified health professional. A registered dietitian nutritionist is your best source of reliable and up-to-date food and nutrition information.
Remember, small steps can turn into greater strides towards a healthier lifestyle.