Is your families overall health important to you? Of course it is, so why not make a New Year goal out of getting or staying healthy, and watch each of you flourish during the new year.
There are different aspects of overall health, including:
A good health plan for any family will include all of these aspects, as well as anything else the family feels is necessary.
To start, hold a family meeting. Explain what the family goal(s) is about, as well as why you think it is important, and ask how each person feels your family should accomplish each part of the goal. Everyone deserves to weigh in and should be expected to, because these decisions are going to affect each of you.
Making family health a goal now sets each person up for better health later in life. Simply getting through one year on this track is not enough. By the time the year is over, these things should be second nature, and have staying power, and you should be thinking about whether or not to add other things to your family health plan. Be sure your family knows this.
Not sure exactly what goals to set? The suggestions below will help, but it is important that your family make the final decisions together and that each persons desires are taken into consideration.
- Make walking a part of your daily life. Walk in the morning. To the park. When you need to run errands. Walk the children to and from school. Walk to work and back. If things are within a couple of miles from home, you should be able to walk. An added benefit: This activity will save you money on gas, and wear and tear on your vehicle.
- Get outside and play when possible. Even when you can’t be out there with them, be sure your children are playing outside often if they are old enough. Throw a football back and forth. Play tag, or hide-and-seek. Play Frisbee. Get a neighborhood baseball game going.
- Buy memberships to the YMCA. Low-income families can often get scholarships. Or, get a gym membership somewhere else.
- Let your children join a sport.
- Hike trails for more adventure.
- Take up bicycling as a family.
- Dance around the house.
- Go swimming, sledding, or skiing.
- Give up fast food.
- Make healthier choices when eating out.
- Make meals at home, as a family.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and cut out processed foods.
- Try new, healthy recipes.
- Set up a snack cupboard or drawer, and shelf in the refrigerator, for the children to access when they need to make their own meals or snacks.
- Start an organic garden in the yard as a family. Or, if you don’t have garden space, try container gardening or a window garden.
- Commit to drinking only water or teas, unsweetened or using just a little honey.
- Enjoy time together as a family. Work on a family tree together. Create a vision board of your goals for the new year. Make a fitness scrapbook of your activities.
- Make family time as stress free as possible.
- Ensure that each child feels they belong, that they are important to the family as a whole.
- Be sure you and your children are treating each other with love and respect.
- Be affectionate with each other. Hugs are good!
- Find healthy ways to resolve conflict.
- Show your appreciation for your children.
- Remember, children learn by watching and listening to you. Make it your goal to be a good role model.
Note: What activities you choose will be kinked to what your available time is as a family. Remember, some things can be done individually if necessary.
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