Each year millions of Americans make new year resolutions for themselves to eat right and exercise more. Why not make 2016 the year to not only make healthy choices for yourself, but also model a healthy lifestyle for your family and the ones you love.
Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2016 with small lifestyle changes that can add up over time.
- Serve regular balanced meals and snacks that contain lean protein.
- Fuel up the family for the day with a nutritious breakfast.
- Focus on health, rather than weight. Don’t allow your kids to think that weight has everything to do with being healthy.
- Enjoy family dinner together each night or as often as possible. Have everyone sit around the dinner table and most importantly, turn off the television.
- At each meal, have half the plate filled with colorful fruits and vegetables.
- Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains, such as quinoa, barley, and brown rice.
- Get moving. Always look for opportunities to fit in physical activity where you can whether taking a family walk after dinner or hitting the gym. Remember, children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, and adults should get two and a half hours per week.
- Think simple food safety, like washing hands, and make this part of every eating occasion.
- Keep a positive mind set 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, like a registered dietitian nutritionist, for reliable and up-to-date food and nutrition information.
Remember, small steps can turn into great strides towards a healthier lifestyle.