Good Choices and a Healthy Life: How Dads Help Kids

Fathers can help their children have  a healthy lifestyle by teaching their children to look after their body through eating well and exercise.

There are many benefits of having a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some:

  • Children have more energy to meet the demands of their activities.
  • It is easier to keep their weight under control.  Children are less likely to struggle with obesity.
  • It creates good habits and discipline early on that pay off later in life.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Lower risk of diabetes.
  • Stronger immune system to fight off sickness and disease.
  • Children feel better about themselves and are more confident in their abilities.
  • Children handle their emotions more effectively because they feel calmer and use activity to burn off stress.
  • Children feel more confident in social situations (friends, adults, school, etc.).
  • Concentration and focus in school comes easier.
  • Increases physical strength and stamina.

Here are some ideas of how to building a healthy lifestyle for kids:

Be active: Have vigorous activity for your children everyday.

Do it together:Plan activities together, for example, walks, bike rides and swimming.

Be involved:Encourage involvement in community sports. Children meet new people and learn new skills.

Keep balanced:Help your children deal with stress and other emotions well.

Limit “screen time”:Keep television, computer use, and gaming to a minimum.

Watch the snacks: Keep all snacks as healthy and nutritious as possible. Limit

snacking while watching TV.

Be selective:Teach your children to select healthy food. You will not always be around

to do this for them.

Get good habits:Teach your children good exercise habits.

Sleep:Make sure your children get enough sleep.

  • babies – 15 hours
  • school age – 9 to 12 hours
  • teenagers – 8 to 12 hours

Be a healthy role-model:Children learn from your example.

Relax:Have a relaxed, flexible parenting style with your children.

Have fun: Enjoy your time with your children. This is important for all of you.

For more ideas and tips, check out the factmarks at dadcentral.ca.

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