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Healthy Child, Happy Child: Wellness Tips for Kids

By Genevieve Cunningham

Raising healthy children is a very important task. In today's world, it's so easy to rely on everything quick and easy. Time for dinner? Let's grab chicken nuggets and french fries --  the kids will love it! Need to get some things done? Turn on the TV -- it'll keep the kids busy. While it's OK to opt for quick and easy on occasion, doing this every day won't lead to healthy children. And healthy children -- and adults too -- is the ultimate goal. If you need a little help guiding your children toward their best health, take a look at these tips for long-term wellness for your kids. 

Teach Them About Food

Kids aren't born understanding the importance of what goes into their bodies. In fact, if given the choice, kids will go for whatever is tasty -- even if that's french fried and candy bars. If you want your kids to be healthy, you have to teach them about food and nutrition. The easiest way to do this is by including them in the process. Let them help plan, shop, and cook. Make sure you introduce them to a wide variety of foods, and be consistent. Over time, they'll learn so much about planning and eating in a healthy way -- which can last well into their adult lives. 

Send Them Outside

Nature offers a lot of benefits to kids. When kids go outside, they're more likely to run and move and play. This helps them build strong muscles and burn necessary energy. It also allows them to breathe in fresh air, soak in the sun, and explore with fewer restrictions. It's so good for both body and mind. While you can certainly just send them out on their own (somewhere safe), your best bet may be to lead by example. Spend lots of time outside together so that your kids can learn a healthy appreciation for nature and make it a part of their normal lives. 

Plan Some Movement

Though kids are good about being active all on their own, there are a lot of distractions in today's world that can really get in the way. The TV, computer, and similar devices might tempt your kids to stay inside and relax. If you want a healthy family, everyone needs to move, even if you have to plan it out in advance. You might plan for family walks after dinner. Maybe there's a time during the day when everyone can venture out to the gym. It doesn't take much movement to improve your health. Plan it as a family, and you'll have healthier and happier kids in no time. 

We all want to raise happy kids, and overall health can affect this so much. Healthy kids turn into healthy adults, so it's critical to teach them the right habits when they're young. Use these little tips to improve the wellness of your children and to point them in the right direction for a lifetime of the best health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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