Involving the whole family is the best way to promote better eating habits and healthy activities for your kids.
A whole-family approach simply means that everyone — parents and kids alike — works together as a team to achieve good health and well being. As with any team, there's a leader or coach — and that's you!
If you're trying to build healthier family habits, a goal chart is a good way to keep score. A chart, posted in a prominent spot like the refrigerator, can remind family members to pay attention to eating and exercise habits.
Choose family goals, such as exercising every day and eating fruits and vegetables. Keep track of who meets their goals, and praise those who do. And when the whole family achieves the goals, do something fun together to celebrate.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: June 2011
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