Children's Healthy Habits

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Teaching your children healthy eating habits, and modeling these behaviors yourself, can help your children maintain a healthy weight. Dr. Edward Hill provides some tips on how to accomplish this in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You can help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As a parent, you can encourage your kids to evaluate their food choices and physical activity habits.

Here are some tips from the American Heart Association:

Be a good role model. You dont have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, theyll take notice of your efforts.

Get the whole family moving. Take walks, ride bikes or go swimming. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.

Limit screen time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Make dinnertime a family time. Get your kids involved in cooking and planning meals. Everyone develops good eating habits together, and the quality time with the family will be an added bonus.

And stay involved. Make sure your childrens health care providers are monitoring cardiovascular indicators like BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.