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How to Keep Family Health Front and Center

By Sandy Schroeder

If you have children in the house, you know it can be a struggle to just keep meals and laundry going, but sometimes when you pause you may wonder if you are doing enough for the overall health of your kids. explores this question and applauds you for raising the question. Because you are concerned, you will probably do just fine. Here are a few tips to consider about health and daily life.

Where does weight stand? - Do you and your kids check in within a normal BMI (body mass index) range? Regular checkups will tell you where everyone stands and give you an opportunity to discuss any needed changes with your doctor. If there are weight problems, don’t make it a big deal, just start working on a healthy diet and exercise.

Are you and your family active? - If you spend weekends hiking and biking you may be helping your kids develop lifelong healthy fitness habits. If everyone spends more time on the couch with video games and sports, you may want to get everybody outside and moving. Everyone in the family should be exercising at least five days a week.

Is your family happy? - You may have ups and downs, but if you can say most of the time you are all enjoying life, then you can congratulate yourself for creating a healthy emotional climate at your house. If depression, anxiety or anger keep cropping up, you may want to see your doctor for a referral to work on the issues.

Do you know how to handle healthcare? - Today’s health culture can be complicated, but establishing good resources with a network of doctors and health insurance can make the difference to maintain and track your family’s health.

Does your family eat well? - We all love pizza, but most of the time we should be eating healthy meals and snacks that revolve around lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds and healthy oils such as olive oil. If your family diet needs some work, now would be a good time to head for a farmers market to get started.

Does everyone sleep well? - Making sure you and your children get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night can make a huge difference in health and daily performance in school and work. If sleep is an issue, establish a quiet hour before bedtime, kick all electronics out of the bedroom, use air filters to clean the area and screen out noise, and add light-blocking drapes. Establish a regular bedtime and keep working on it until everyone is resting well.

These are just a few of the family health tips to consider. You may have many of them well in hand. Just keep going and enjoy the results.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chula Vista, Calif.

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