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It's hard to teach children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle when they have tons of tempting fast-food and unhealthy options around them. However, there are stills ways around it. Here are five ways to help keep kids healthy that are fun and effective!
1. Make Walking Fun With a Step Counter
Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. Make it a challenging activity by providing a step counter or exercise tool. Set a goal for the week, and if your child reaches the goal they can receive a small prize. However, make sure prizes encourage a healthy lifestyle! Instead of rewarding them with a toy, reward them with a new pair of walking shoes or headphones they can use to listen to music while walking or doing other exercises.
2. Create a Weekly Meal Plan Together
Make meal planning more exciting by doing it with your child. Instead of handing them the same old boring lunch each day, have them tell you their favorite food items and plan lunches around them. For example, most kids love pizza. Explain to your child the importance of portion control, and that they can have pizza, but they can only have X amount of slices because of the nutritional content within. Or even better, cook together to create a tasty and healthy version of pizza that they can take slices of for lunch!
3. Take a Kids Probiotic
Culturelle® Kids Probiotic with Lactobacillus GG helps support kids’ immune systems.* It’s the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Probiotic Brand and will help keep your child healthy during these cold winter months.* † You can find out more about Culturelle Kids Probiotic here.
4. Enroll in a New After School Activity
If your child isn’t in an after school activity already, show them all their options and have them sign up for something new. New activities force the body to move in directions and ways that it isn’t used to. This is great for muscle growth and overall endurance!
5. Exercise Together!
Make working out fun by doing activities as a family. You can do something as simple as walking, dancing, or even biking together. If the whole family gets involved, you can even make it into a relay event — It’ll get everyone moving equally!
Teaching kids healthy habits when they’re young sets them up for life. Unhealthy lifestyles are hard to break, so start them out early… and you may learn some good, new lifestyle habits yourself too.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
† Based on a 2014 survey among pediatricians recommending a probiotic brand.