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Raising a Healthy Family

Raising-a-Healthy-Family.JPGKeeping your family healthy sounds easy enough; exercise and good nutrition can protect you and your family from a number of health issues later in life, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases. But these days, considering the number of unhealthy temptations that they face every day, encouraging your family to make healthy decisions isn’t always easy.

“Unfortunately, you can’t keep tabs on your family 24/7, which is why it’s so important to instill healthy habits in your children from an early age so that they can learn to make healthy decisions on their own,” says Pat Romano, MD, primary care physician at Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health.

Below, Dr. Romano offers three ways you can encourage your children to make healthier choices.

Be a Role Model
As a parent, you know how easily your children pick up what you say and do. Use that to your advantage by practicing healthy habits, like eating balanced meals, staying active, limiting your alcohol intake, and avoiding tobacco. Make sure you’re making regular medical appointments with your doctor, dentist, ob/gyn, and other physicians so that you’re communicating the importance of healthy living.

Live an Active Lifestyle
Video games, tablets, cell phones, television, and other devices make it easy to stay inside and spend time online and inside. Make it a point to go on healthy, active outings like hikes or bike rides as a family. Include a little bit of activity in your day-to-day routine. Not only will it get your family off the couch and outside, but it gives you the chance to bond and build an open relationship.

Provide Support
Talking to your children about the importance of healthy living is important, but it’s also important to encourage them to talk to you about unhealthy habits, like alcohol or tobacco use. Be there to talk to them about the risks these behaviors present, and allow them to come to you with questions. Find out what’s going on, how they’re handling decisions, and any problems they’re encountering in their daily routine.

Annual checkups and appointments with your physician can help address concerns and questions you have about your family’s health. Make sure you’re scheduling annual visits with a family doctor or pediatrician. To find a primary care physician in your area, visit our website. For more health and wellness tips, sign up to receive our Well Ahead e-newsletter to your inbox every month.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 4/19/2013 10:04:16 AM

Raising a Healthy Family

Raising-a-Healthy-Family.JPGKeeping your family healthy sounds easy enough; exercise and good nutrition can protect you and your family from a number of health issues later in life, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases. But these days, considering the number of unhealthy temptations that they face every day, encouraging your family to make healthy decisions isn’t always easy.

“Unfortunately, you can’t keep tabs on your family 24/7, which is why it’s so important to instill healthy habits in your children from an early age so that they can learn to make healthy decisions on their own,” says Pat Romano, MD, primary care physician at Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health.

Below, Dr. Romano offers three ways you can encourage your children to make healthier choices.

Be a Role Model
As a parent, you know how easily your children pick up what you say and do. Use that to your advantage by practicing healthy habits, like eating balanced meals, staying active, limiting your alcohol intake, and avoiding tobacco. Make sure you’re making regular medical appointments with your doctor, dentist, ob/gyn, and other physicians so that you’re communicating the importance of healthy living.

Live an Active Lifestyle
Video games, tablets, cell phones, television, and other devices make it easy to stay inside and spend time online and inside. Make it a point to go on healthy, active outings like hikes or bike rides as a family. Include a little bit of activity in your day-to-day routine. Not only will it get your family off the couch and outside, but it gives you the chance to bond and build an open relationship.

Provide Support
Talking to your children about the importance of healthy living is important, but it’s also important to encourage them to talk to you about unhealthy habits, like alcohol or tobacco use. Be there to talk to them about the risks these behaviors present, and allow them to come to you with questions. Find out what’s going on, how they’re handling decisions, and any problems they’re encountering in their daily routine.

Annual checkups and appointments with your physician can help address concerns and questions you have about your family’s health. Make sure you’re scheduling annual visits with a family doctor or pediatrician. To find a primary care physician in your area, visit our website. For more health and wellness tips, sign up to receive our Well Ahead e-newsletter to your inbox every month.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 4/19/2013 10:04:16 AM
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