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Healthy Habits: Teaching Kids in Staying Healthy

Updated on February 24, 2012

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Early childhood is a prime time to help children begin to establish healthy habits or behaviors that will promote a healthy lifestyle. We need to teach kids to stay healthy. In order to develop healthy habits, two things must be remembered. First, learning becomes more meaningful when the experience is woven into the children's daily experiences. Second, learning experiences must be repeated often enough until the lessons become a natural and integral part of their lives.

Lesson # 1: Good Handwashing

Let your kids learn the healthy habit of washing their hands. Good handwashing requires three elements-- soap, water and friction. Everyone should wash hands before and after eating, using the bathroom, handling nappies, blowing into a handkerchief or tissue, cleaning, doing art projects, or playing with toys. Proper handwashing can significantly reduce transmission of infections.

Lesson # 2: Getting Enough Sleep

Another healthy habit that kids must develop is to get enough sleep.  Studies show lack of sufficient sleep can contribute to inattention, hyperactivity, and disagreeableness among children. Most children's sleep requirements fall within a predictable range of hours based on their age. However, there is no magical number of sleeping hours required as each child would have his own distinct sleep needs.

Lesson # 3: Eating Healthy

Healthy habit is to eat healthy food.  Good nutrition is a wonderful foundation for wellness.  Everyone needs to eat a variety of food. From vegetables and fruits to milk, cheese, fish, chicken, meat, and nuts, to rice and grains. A balanced diet is one that includes all the food groups. Not many of us eat a balanced diet on a regular basis. More so are children who frequent the fast food chains. Toddlers and preschoolers are often picky abou the food they eat. Taking a multivitamin/multimineral supplement will ensure that they are well-nourished and are getting the nutrients they need for normal growth and development.

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Lesson # 4: Exercise

Most kids are active so let us encourage them to stay healthy by developing their love for exercise and activities that make them move.  Physical activity should be increased by reducing sedentary time (e.g. watching television, playing computer video games or talking on the phone.) All children age 2 and older should participate in at least 30 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity activities every day. And be sure to drink plenty of water.

Lesson # 5: Look at the Bright Side

Be positive. Praise your children. An encouraging environment promotes a healthy attitude and a healthy mind.

Responsibility for children's overall health care is often shared by parents and teachers alike. The challenge lies in actually putting into action what we know will bring about a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our children. Good health allows children to function effectively with their peers as well as live the life they aspire to have for as long as they can. The healthy habit of responding positively to situations (e.g. high emotional intelligence) brings about health and wellness.

BY: MICHELLE SIMTOCO

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      Kshama Kyathi 

      4 years ago

      It is often said that early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

      Instead of hitting the snooze button, rushing to shower, getting attired in a hurry and perhaps missing breakfast! Get up early and ease the day.

      If one healthy habit someone long to implement involves stressing less, then waking up early in the morning will give that advantage :-)

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      Kshama Kyathi 

      4 years ago

      That's true

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      kaela55 

      4 years ago

      I agree

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      gavelect 

      6 years ago from Glasgow

      With computer games taking over from activates, teaching kids how to stay fit is all the more important nowadays.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Jason, thank you for your kind suggestion. Good manners is indeed something children ought to learn. Perhaps I can write a whole hub on that subject matter alone. :-)

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      Jason Stanley 

      10 years ago

      Ripplemaker,

      I would like to be so bold as to suggest an added thing to teach young children. It is especially a problem in the States where I live, but unfortunately it is also a problem in other countries like Vietnam, and Thailand where I have also lived and traveled.

      Teach Manners.

      I have often seen young children allowed to be completely free of all manners in public. These children will grow up with serious social handicaps compared to those who are given even the rudimentary training of manners. After all, manners is just a way of showing respect for those around us.

      Harvey Mackey (author and highly successful business man) wrote if given the choice of sending his top execs to a cutting edge technology training or school on manners he would choose manners ever time.

      Great hub, great topic, excellent perspective.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      *Blush* I am grateful for your kind comments and advice. :-) Thank you.

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      BERNARD LEVINE 

      10 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      Dear Michelle the Ripplemaker

      I would love to see your well-written outstanding articles published in a book and selling at Amazon, Borders and Barnes & Noble.

      Go to www.lulu.com ....you could choose an eBook, paperback or hard-cover and they will market it for you.

      Warm Regards

      Bernard Levine

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