Parents as Role Models: How you influence your children

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September 26, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

When it comes to the health of children, the brunt of the responsibility falls on parents, but for good reason. Parents are kids’ number one role models when it comes to what they eat. So what can you do to positively influence your children’s health?

  1. Openly try new foods; even if you don’t necessarily enjoy it, don’t make sour faces or deter your son or daughter from trying foods for themselves.
  2. Eat your fruits and veggies—seeing you eat good foods may influence your kids’ decision to eat them too!
  3. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes/day for most days of the week. Seeing you be active will help your family get involved too. Try to find some fun activities to get your heart rate up (walking, jumping on the trampoline, playing tag, etc.)
  4. Although it may be hard, it’s okay to say ‘no’ to some treats (soda multiple times per day, donuts, and candy) and certain activities. Saying no to screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc.) may force children to be more active or find more worthwhile activities to occupy them.

 

There is no doubt that takes a lot of effort to get your family on track for a healthful lifestyle, but when the whole family is involved you can have extraordinary results.

 

Sources: http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/sep/17/gl_dietitian_dish_091813_219672/?news&health

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

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