• Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness
  • Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness

Five quick tips that help you create healthy family habits

May 06th, 2015

Habits, whether good or bad, tend to extend unintentionally to our spouses and children. For Family Wellness Month, here are some quick tips on how to keep your family on track toward a healthy future!

1. Practice physical safety: Whether it's having first-aid kit in the car or making sure your family washes their hands before dinner, it can be the little things that get forgotten in the rush of life. Keeping sun screen and insect repellent on-hand, making sure helmets are worn, and even asking that everyone has their seat belts on before the car is turned on can make a big difference in keeping your family safe and healthy.

2. Cure stress with family togetherness: When we are stressed out and tired, that comes across to our loved ones. We may snap or get upset when we don't intend to. Believe it or not, taking a break from the things that stress us out the most will not only help us to recharge, but also to help us think clearer when we get back to our work. So, schedule family time like you would any other appointment, such as eating a meal together at the dinner table, reading time before bed, or a walk after dinner. Taking time out to relax with your family will help you stay positive and happy!

And don't be afraid to ask your partner for help or support if you are having a stressful time at work or personally, whether that means he or she doing some chores or getting the kids to bed.

3. Reduce screen time: From our televisions to our computers and smart phones, so many of us are guilty of either allowing these devices to babysit our children or to entertain us after a long day at work. Children today are learning to spend an average of three hours watching TV and up to three hours on mobile devices each day. Heavy screen use can lead to obesity, sleep problems, attention deficit issues, to even anxiety or depression in young children. So make it a rule to unplug. For example, you can disallow TV or cell phone use during dinner time, or have all screens off by 7 p.m. on a school night. You'll spend less time sitting down, and more time talking about the things that matter with loved ones.

 

4. Be a model for healthy habits: Actions speak louder than words. So, if you are texting and taking phone calls when driving, guess who is learning to do the same? And if aren't making time to exercise or eat well, your children or spouse probably won't either. Instead of begging everyone else to make healthier choices, keep to a personal physical activity routine and be consistent in your healthy eating habits. You could inspire a health revolution under your roof! Be the change you want to see in the world!

5. Be proactive about your health: Ask your primary care provider (doctor, physician's assistant or nurse) about how you can lower your health risks, whether they are due to family history or just some bad habits you've picked up along the way. Find out what exams, tests, shots you need or what other equipment, skills, or healthcare professionals you can consult for your specific needs. Being proactive today can save you a lot of problems later on down the road.

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