2012 -- Time for Making New Year's Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are not just for adults.  Children can use the New Year to make healthier choices as well!  You can help them set goals for healthy eating and increased physical activity.
Do you need some ideas to help your children making healthy changes for 2012?  Sit down with your children and read this list of New Year's resolutions.  Help them choose tips from this list or help them make some of their own.  Make it a family affair and choose some for yourself as well!

Other family members may also decide to work on some of your New Year's resolutions together in 2012.

Preschoolers
Brush my teeth twice a day.
Wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
Try each fruit or vegetable every time one is offered at meals.

Kids 5-to 12-years-old
Drink milk and water three times each day.
Limit soda and fruit drinks to once each day.
Choose a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like to do at least 3 times a week.
Eat breakfast every day.

Kids, 13-years old and up
Eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day.
Limit the amount of soda I drink to one glass daily.
Choose a sport or physical activity I enjoy and do it at least three times a week.
Limit screen time to only one to two hours each day -- at the most.



Adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics
For a more complete list of New Year's Resolutions, go to http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jankidstips.cfm
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