My daughter recently went to her 5 year old wellness checkup and her doctor gave me a flier that is geared for kids and getting them set on a “healthy track”. The flier has 4 tips to add to your child’s daily routine.
- Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies
- Limit screen time to 2 hours or less (for older kids that includes instant messaging & online chatting)
- Get at least 1 hour of physical activity
- Limit sweetened drinks to 0 (including soda, juice, chocolate milk, & sports drinks)
It made me think/wonder how many of us even as adults are following these guidelines. How many of us are willing to implement some of these tips into our daily routine.
I wanted to share some of my goals for our family in this area and the following weeks to come I will continue to share tips in each one of these categories.
- Before we sit down at the computer or the TV I am committing for me and my family to do something active first.
- Avoid eating food while watching TV or working on the computer.
- After dinner have some “family time” and play non-electronic games or find something we can do together that is fun.
Some of these things will be easier to do now that the weather is getting nicer and the kids want to play outside or help work in the garden. I am making a pledge to myself to keep up the challenge when it gets “too hot” or “too cold” and find something active in the house.
Maybe dancing while doing chores inside or making a “game” out of running and instead of walking you run everywhere you go. My little kids love this and are always yelling “watch how fast I can go!” Or play “dress up” or “kitchen” something that is not sitting down zoning out!
One thing the flier recommended was that if your child is currently used to having something like 5 hours of screen time you should decrease their time gradually until you can get it down to 2 hours. I thought that was a great idea so they don’t go into “withdrawals” and really if done correctly they will hopefully not even notice their time is slowly decreasing…. making for less fit throwing and a happier kid.
Like I said earlier I am going to dive into each one of these recommendations throughout the coming weeks and I hope you will join me in this challenge.
If this is a challenge you have already overcome in your home I would all love to hear some of your tips too so leave a comment and let us know what worked for you or what you are planning on trying in your home!