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Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Holiday Season

By Brandi Goodman 

Treats seem to be around every corner when the holidays come around. Watching Christmas movies as you enjoy some hot cocoa and snacks is a common family tradition. It doesn't do much good for your physical health, though. When you have kids to consider throughout the holidays, it's important to find ways to keep them healthy and feeling good rather than letting them indulge daily. Here's what you can try.

Swap Out the Sugar

Instead of giving them all the sugary treats at the store, make your own instead. You can swap out sugar with other options to help cut back. Use organic honey or maple syrup to sweeten things. You can also use a sugar substitute, such as Stevia.

Eat Before Parties

It's wise to have your kids eat a healthy meal at home before heading off to any parties or get-togethers. You never know what calorie-filled foods they'll have there. Eating beforehand can ensure your children are filling up on nutritious items and they won't be hungry and try to grab a ton of unnecessary foods while at the event. 

Practice Good Hygiene

Food isn't the only problem during the holidays. The close proximity to so many family members, friends, and other patrons in stores and facilities doesn't help with physical health. In order to remain healthy and avoid common illnesses, it's important to practice good hygiene. Make sure your kids are watching their hands regularly -- especially if they're touching surfaces other people have had their hands on.

Play Holiday Games 

Instead of making food the focus at a holiday party, play games instead. Some fun holiday games can get kids up and moving so they aren't sitting down the entire time. Try a pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph game or have everyone hop with a balloon between their legs for a tough race. 

Stick to the Sleep Routine

The holiday season isn't meant for staying up far past your bedtime -- especially as a child. It's important that your kids are sticking to their sleep routine and still getting adequate rest nightly. It helps them recharge and be awake and prepared for the next day. Let them stay up late, and they're more likely to be groggy and irritable. 

Keep your kids healthy throughout the holidays by making some changes for the better. With their health in mind, your kiddos can enjoy their time throughout this festive season rather than ending up feeling sick from all the sugar and excess treats they're eating. It's better for everyone -- as long as you also lead by example. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pickerington, Ohio

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