Five Health Tips for Autumn

Often, autumn causes us to alter our routine or lifestyle due to up and coming holidays, school activities and the weather. Creating good, healthy habits that will help your children as well as yourself remain safe and healthy not just this autumn but for life is a good idea.

Show Them how

It is easy to let your family know how things should be done. It is better to show them how and what to do as well. In other words, do as you say. Begin with habits that are healthy. Get check-ups, remain active, eat healthy and develop great lifestyle routines. Wash your hands, wear seat belts, manage stress and don’t smoke.  Teach your children how to reduce conflict and to avoid them as well. Build relationships that are healthy.

Are Your Kids’ Toys Safe?

This fall is a great time to ensure that the products of the family such as furniture, appliances, clothing, jewelry and all toys are safe. Are there potential hazards like lead paint involved? This is also a great time to start thinking about the gifts and toys of the up and coming holidays and events. Ensure that all the toys you buy are appropriate for the ages of the family. For winter and fall holidays and events, take the necessary steps for ensuring kids are away from danger and are safe.

Check Out the Job of Your Teen

Jobs are a great way to teach teens how to earn money. This helps them gain new skills, extra income and hands on experiences. On the other hand, at times, requirements of a job can go beyond what teens are able to handle. This autumn, it is a good idea to check out the workplace your teen attends and know what the law is with regards to what they are doing. Be alert for stress or signs of fatigue as your son or daughter attempts to balance the demands of home, school, work or other activities.

Healthy Food This Autumn

Do taste testing of various foot types. Have each person select their favorites. For instance, prepare apples as baked apples, apple cider, applesauce or apple snack wedges. Also, present vegetables that are similar in type such as mustard greens, kale and spinach.  Talk about the different tastes each dish features.

Staying Active

Both indoors and out, it is a good idea to remain active. Make it fun to do yard work in the fall. Have children think of methods of picking up pine cones or leaves like while balancing on one foot, stretching, leaning, bending or squatting. Explore, dance and sing. Give kids tools like rakes that are safe, comfortable and kid-sized. Play computer games and board games indoors that encourage being physically active. Have a talent show with singing and dancing, color, draw or explore. Keep in mind that adolescents and kids should feel active for a minimum daily time allotment of one hour for at least three hours each week. Protect your entire family including yourself by applying insect repellent when appropriate. This fights against ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen for extra sun protection.

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