Make Resolutions Stick: Focus on Family

Focus on Family

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.

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