when families start proactive kids, we ask them to START PRACTICING living a healthier lifestyle by following these guidelines.
if practiced at home, the proactive kids STEPS FOR SUCCESS listed below will help your family learn to LIVe A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!
QUIT FAST FOOD Fast food is not good for you. Telling your kids NO in a fast food place is hard. So, quit it all together. If you eat out multiple times per week, try to cut back to once a week. If you only eat out once or twice a week, try to choose the healthier options.
REMOVE THE JUNK FOOD FROM THE HOUSE AND DON’T BUY IT AT SCHOOL Remove Donuts, Chips, Frozen meals, Pop Tarts, Pizza, Ice Cream, Cookies, Cake, Candy, Stop purchasing the food you know is unhealthy. If it’s out of sight, it will be most likely out of mind and kids will be forced to make the healthy choice if they are hungry.
SWAP BAD FOOD FOR GOOD FOOD Carrot sticks, celery sticks, string cheese, whole wheat pretzels, nuts, apples, oranges. You have now gotten rid of the junk food but you still want to have snacks for everyone to eat. Stock up on easy to eat fruit and veggies and other healthy snacks.
limit SUGARY BEVERAGES No soda, juices and juice boxes, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, energy drinks, etc. Look at the label, if it has calories and sugar, don’t drink it. Drink as much water as possible.
EXERCISE EVERY DAY children should get one hour of fitness everyday. whether that be gym class, playing outside, practicing a sport, or walking the dog, it should be an hour. it is good for both their brain and their body!
LIMIT SCREEN TIME Decrease time in front of tv, laptops, games, phones, etc) for all family members.
DON’T EAT IN BEDROOMS, STANDING IN KITCHEN (OR ANYWHERE)… OR IN FRONT OF THE TV
focus on your meal. when you eat while doing something else, you are not really paying attention to how good your food is, or how much of it you are eating. sit at the table, and take your time to enjoy your food!