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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Developmental Asset of the Month - October 2018

October Healthy Lifestyle

Peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make getting your kids to eat well an uphill struggle. Factor in your own hectic schedule and it’s no wonder so many kids’ diets are built around convenience and takeout food. But switching to a healthy diet can have a profound effect on children’s health, helping to stabilize their energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. And it can be simpler and less time-consuming than you imagine. With these tips, you can instill healthy eating habits without turning mealtimes into a battle zone and give your kids the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #31: Healthy Lifestyle

  • Limit TV, video games and computer time during the day and before going to bed.
  • Get active each day. Be a role model.
  • Choose water as a drink and eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Inform and guide your youth about the changes in their bodies according to their age. Search or consult with a professional on how to talk to them about healthy sexuality.
  • Make dinnertime a family time. Cook more meals at home. Get kids involved in shopping for groceries and preparing meals. You can teach them about different foods and how to read food labels.
  • Make healthy snacks available. Keep plenty of fruit, vegetables, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) on hand so kids avoid unhealthy snacks like soda, chips, and cookies.
  • Limit portion sizes. Don’t insist your child cleans the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe.

Links for More "Healthy Lifestyle" Tips

Enjoy the video, “7 Tips for Healthy Living”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFn4F4q5fIs

"Healthy Food For Kids": https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/healthy-food-for-kids.htm

"A Healthy Lifestyle for Teens": https://www.livestrong.com/article/377585-a-healthy-lifestyle-for-teens/

"5 Ways to a Healthy Lifestyle": https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/parents-carers/5-ways-to-a-healthy-lifestyle.aspx

"11 Ways to Instill Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Your Children": https://sparkpe.org/blog/how-to-teach-children-healthy-lifestyles/


About the Asset-a-Month Program This article was provided courtesy of Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program. The goals of the Silicon Valley Asset-a-Month program are to help align adults throughout our diverse community in their efforts to promote positive youth development by fostering developmental assets. For more information about the Asset-a-Month program, contact Project Cornerstone at (408) 351-6482 or info@projectcornerstone.org.


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