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Top 5 Tips to Raise a Healthy Family

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Here are 5 important lifestyle behaviors that nutrition expert, Chris McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD shared with us on raising a healthy family:

1.  Eating meals as a family

2.  Limiting television viewing

3.  Getting adequate sleep.

I can tell you that the last of these lifestyle behaviors – that is, getting adequate sleep – has been the hardest one to adopt personally. This was especially true during the twins’ first six months of life, when I was breastfeeding both babies. At this point in time, it seemed as if my life revolved around breastfeeding (and pumping breast milk)! The way I dealt with the sleep deprivation was to rely on family, neighbors, and friends for assistance in performing everyday tasks such as cooking. For tips on planning ahead before the baby comes see Eating Basics for New Parents to Be

  • For example, a neighbor prepared us a home cooked meal shortly after we came home from the hospital.
  • In another instance, a friend showed up with vegetable lasagna so I could have the night off from cooking.

Two other healthful lifestyle behaviors we have adopted as a family include:

4.    engaging in an active lifestyle            

5.    and staying connected to nature.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, research shows that families connected to nature raise healthier children and inspire a life-long appreciation of the environment.

Read our full interview with Chris on organic and local foods.

Find out how gardening can help your kids connect with nature with joe gardener.

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  1. Kaitlin on April 13th, 2010 2:30 pm

    I recently took a class called “Nutrition During the Lifecycle.” Interestingly enough, when we studied childhood obesity, I learned that some of the greatest determinants of childhood obesity are: not eating meals as a family, excessive screen time (referring to time in front of the television and computer), inadequate sleep (for children and adolescents), and physical inactivity.

    Children who ate family meals at the table, had the least amount of screen time, had adequate amounts of sleep, and who were physically active (engaging in spontaneous play), were the leaner children.

  2. Laura Colombo on June 8th, 2010 2:32 pm

    I think it`s so important that kids understand the importance of eating healthy foods.
    I always try to give them vegetables first and that works really well because they are hungry and they will eat them, and then I give them the main course, doing this way they eat their vegetables, and they don`t put on extra weight!

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