By Jeff Sheppard 17 Jan 2024 no comment 158 Views

Monkey see, monkey do:  our children learn by imitating us.

The habits they form in childhood can set them up for a lifetime of good health…or for problems down the road.

Set a good example for your little monkey with these tips.

First, lead an active lifestyle as a family. Turn off the electronics, get off the couch and go outdoors!   Some kids like organized sports while others prefer individual activities like hiking, cycling and running. Active outdoor play is an outlet for creativity and decision-making as well as physical activity.

Encourage a good night’s sleep. Sleep is critical to wellness; constant fatigue is not good for anyone! Regular bedtimes and uninterrupted rest make getting enough sleep easier.

Teach your children the proper way to lift heavy objects: by squatting down, holding the object close, and using their leg and arm muscles to do the lifting.

Remind them to rest their backs against the back of their seats while sitting.

Show them some simple warm-up and cool-down exercises to use before and after sports and active play.

Teach them how to stretch after a long period of sitting.

Kids don’t automatically know what foods are healthy.

Children are more likely to choose healthy snacks when they know which snacks are healthy and why.  Even young children can understand that nutritious foods give their bodies the energy they need to grow and play.

Teach your children how to prepare simple and well-balanced meals that include calcium rich foods to promote healthy bone growth. In conclusion, nobody wants to become the kid in college who lives on junk food because s/he doesn’t know how to cook.

Drink plenty of water. For children under 12, 5 glasses a day is a good guideline; then 8 glasses a day for teenagers.

Children also benefit from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is not just for adults. Children have spines too! Preventative care now can address problems as they arise, rather than waiting for injuries or discomfort. Dr Sheppard treats infants, children and teenagers as well as adults. Book an appointment by calling 635-8182 or 847-7172.

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