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How can I improve my family's health?

You can work to improve the health of your family in many ways, first by practicing healthy eating habits. Incorporate healthy home-cooked meals that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats or fish, and healthy snack items. Another by-product of home-cooked meals is sitting down and eating as a family, which is great for the mental health of a family as a whole. Next, work on getting everyone moving. Children should have at least 60 minutes of active or outside playtime every day, and adults should shoot for a goal of 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. So-called “screen time,” which means time spent in front of the computer, TV, or video games, should be limited to one hour a day. Last, it is important to visit your doctor annually for routine health checks and in order to ensure vaccines are up-to-date.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Simply sitting down for a family meal can do wonders! Studies show family meals improve the behavioral and emotional health of children. Also, families tend to eat more balanced and healthful meals when they eat together. Parents can make meal times like a fun game by letting kids in on the preparation. Assigning your children to mix a fruit salad or sprinkle cheese on their pasta will make them feel like they’re a part of the culinary magic.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.