New Year’s Resolutions for Family Health and Well-BeingJanuary 1st, 2013 | Posted by in Child development | Health | Parenting
The new year has begun, and folks all over the world are setting goals to be healthier, wealthier and wiser in 2012 than they were in 2013.
We asked a few of the doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital what resolutions they would like to see families adopt for better health and well-being. Here are 10 of their suggestions:
- Make good nutrition, exercise and healthy weight management a family priority.
- Have as many meals together as possible. Research suggests families who eat together several times a week have better nutrition overall and those children do better in school and participate less in risky behavior.
- Make your home free from body-based teasing or commentary. This includes adults’ comments about their own bodies (my hips are too wide)
- Never use the phone or text while driving and make sure your teen drivers know not to do so either.
- Add a backup camera to your vehicle and make sure any new car is equipped with one.
- Make sure everyone in the family is up to date on all recommended vaccinations, including annual flu vacines.
- Be honest even when the truth is hard and create a family environment that rewards honesty even if the truth is upsetting.
- Don’t put off those conversations you know you should have with your child just because they make you squirm. Talking with children about dangerous or risky behavior – in age appropriate ways – can help keep them well, safe and out of the hospital.
- Talk with your children about their emotions and help them develop coping skills.
- Listen and talk to your children everyday to see how they are doing.
What will your family do in 2013 to improve health and well-being?
Offering resolution ideas were Drs. Corey Slovis and Thomas Abramo, emergency medicine; Todd Callahan, adolescent medicine; Jim Jirjis, primary care; Catherine Fuchs, adolescent psychiatry; Debra Friedman, oncology; Nathalie Maitre, neonatology; Dan Moore, endocrinology; Rachel Mace, general pediatrics; and Kathryn Edwards, infectious disease.