When families are struggling with household budgets or busy schedules, prioritizing nutrition may take a backseat at family meals. Every family can be healthy. By focusing your family's efforts to live healthier around the Y's pillars of a healthy family home and taking small steps using the information and tools we provide, your family will soon be feeling stronger and living healthier.

The Pillars of a Healthy Family Home

Eat Healthy. The delicious crunch of fruits and veggies can be part of every meal and snack your family enjoys throughout the day and is important for your whole family's health. Stay healthy by reaching for five servings every day. Taste buds dull as we age. It’s no wonder tiny tongues and younger noses may have heightened responses to textures, flavors and smells. Reintroduce kids to the yummy side of nutrition with these tips and watch their “ew”-face disappear: Involve children in the process.

  • Let them help plant a garden, chop vegetables or arrange food on dinner plates.
  • Avoid using the term “picky eater.” It can become an identity that discourages experimentation.

Play Every Day. Playful movement is one of the keys to a healthy family home. It doesn't matter what you choose to do. As long as your arms and legs are moving, it's good for you. To get 60 minutes of activity throughout your day just add ten minutes here and fifteen minutes there. It adds up and it all counts, so get playing!

Get Together. Special one-to-one time helps develop and strengthen the important adult-child relationships in a healthy family home. Children need adult time and attention like they need healthy food and playful activity. 

Go Outside. The seasons will influence your ability to do this, but as you set goals to eat healthier, play every day and get together more often, perhaps you could work towards these those goals while going outside. Doing so will give you the added benefits of the outdoors.

Sleep Well. New and interesting research is showing us that getting the proper amount of restful sleep every night is a critical component of a healthy childhood. It may seem strange, but the more hours that kids sleep the less likely they are to develop an unhealthy weight.

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