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 1. Begin cooking at home more often

Children benefit physically, academically and socially when families eat at the table together. Make it your goal to add at least one additional, home-cooked meal to your week. It doesn’t have to be dinner; perhaps a weekend brunch or lunch is more suited to your schedules, but begin to make it a habit. Cook together. Clean together. Maybe even shop together! Children learn primarily by doing, and by including them in the purchase and preparation of food, we help them become much more likely to consume a healthy meal.

 

2. Take “small steps” to increase your physical activity: WALK!

Any type of physical activity is better than time spent on the couch, so move in whatever way you can. Spend more time outdoors and less time in front of a screen. Rediscover the joy of playing together, dancing together, or simply taking a daily walk together.

3. Finally, make certain your child is getting adequate sleep every night.

Most parents grossly underestimate the number of hours of sleep their child needs for his/her age category. Studies show that most children over the age of 4 years are suffering from significant, ongoing sleep deprivation; this can affect their growth, weight, brain development, academic achievement and behavior. For more information, see a chart of recommended hours sleep by age.