- Repetition is key. Just as you learned multiplication tables by going over them repeatedly, we learn healthy habits through daily repetition.
- Practice! Encourage your child to regularly practice the behavior at the same time and place. For example, if you want a kid to eat more fruit, offer her an apple every day for an afterschool snack.
- Set the pace early. Help your child follow through consistently with the new behavior, especially at the beginning. Your child can form a habit if he skips a day, but it will take longer to develop.
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Here are some tips for making healthy eating and physical activity a habit for your child or teen: