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Once you set the example for eating well, exercising and respecting the need for sufficient sleep, your kids will have a role model to follow. You can be the inspiration they need to make healthy choices in life, so start setting a good example today!

Teaching your children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle is something that can best be done by example. When they see you making healthy choices in all areas of your life, they'll be more likely to develop those same healthy habits. Instead of forcing your kids to live a healthy lifestyle, you can show them how to be healthy and by the time they are an adult, these healthy practices will be second nature to them. The following six healthy living habits provide a good foundation for teaching by example.

Eat Breakfast

Mornings can be a hectic time for any family. As the adult in the group, you may be inclined to skip breakfast. Your kids should see you taking time to eat breakfast or at least leaving home with a healthy pack-and-go breakfast food.

Whole grain muffins, healthy cookies, healthy cereal, smoothies and breakfast sandwiches are just a few healthy quick breakfast foods.

If you plan on having a healthy breakfast, you need to get enough sleep so that you’ll be able to wake up in time to eat a proper meal. This will also assist you in teaching your kids healthy sleeping habits as well. If they get in the habit of eating breakfast every morning, then they will continue the practice once they are on their own.

Less Sedentary Life

You can set a good example for your children by limiting your personal TV and computer time and getting involved in outdoor activities. You can’t just order your kids to go outside and play while you sit inside (even if you are getting important work done.) You need to be the one to show them how fun the outdoors are and how beautiful nature can be. You can make these outdoor activities a family affair. You can do things together such as grow a garden, take daily walks together, go biking together or frequently visit a park and play soccer or catch. As a parent, it can be tough to keep up with your kids because they have far more energy than you do. This is why it can be tempting to sit your kids in front of the TV so that you can relax or get work done.

Watching movies isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if your kids are never active, this could create a dangerous pattern for adulthood.

Show them the way by planning fun activities that get you outside and moving as a family.

Healthy Snacks 

Keep food for snacks, such as fruit, yogurt, carrots, celery and other healthy items on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator. Keeping only healthy snack food in the house sets a good example for your kids, and they’ll get used to eating nutritious snacks instead of loading up on junk food. Show them how to prepare their own healthy snacks so when they have to get their own food ready they will make a healthy choice. If you keep junk or candy in the house, your kids will eat it. If their options are fruits and vegetables, they will get used to eating healthy food. Instead of making them eat fruits and veggies plain, you can make the snacks more kid-friendly and interesting. Pinterest has tons of fun ideas for kid snacks that will get your children to eat healthy if you need inspiration.

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