Happy New Year!
You might have several resolutions for 2016 but with regards to health, you don’t need to do it alone. Make it a family affair and let your kids participate as well. They’ll help motivate and keep you in check. Equally important, they will benefit too! Label your goals the “2016 Healthy Family Challenge” and they’ll likely jump right in.
Let your kids pick and monitor their own goals. This is important because goal-setting and personal tracking can be deeply empowering for children. Furthermore, this can help the good habits stick and create a motivating sense of accomplishment, so they’ll want to keep up their goals all year long!
Here are some ideas of goals for the kids:
- Help them reach their recommended 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity by taking them to the park or enrolling them in a winter sport.
- Consume 6-8 glasses of water per day, depending on their ages (consult your child’s healthcare provider if you have questions).
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the daily-recommended servings from the American Heart Association.
- You can expand the health-related goals to include educational ones as well. The kids can read X number of books per month, learn X new words per week, practice a specific times-table each week and so on!
These calendars will help the whole family stay motivated and on track with its new goals. Post all the calendars on the fridge so the whole family stays involved and so you can keep each other accountable. Good luck!
I hope 2016 brings you and your family lots of happiness, health, and success!