10 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Kids
By Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos
10 New Years resolutions for healthy kids! After the late nights, lax rules and endless eating of the holidays, the start of the new year is the perfect time to make healthy changes to your family routine.
Your first resolution should be to take it slow: Instead of grand promises, tackle 10 little new year’s resolutions for healthier kids — easy-to-stick-with habits that add up, automatically, to help your kids feel strong and happy.
10. Power up each morning. Every day should start with a balanced, protein-packed breakfast — from oatmeal to smoothies with protein powder — to start the day right, says Dr. Barry Sears, research scientist and author of Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad and The Zone diet books.
9. Stop to wash. Along with your kids, wash your hands before every meal. Sears says excess microbes wear down immunity and introduce illness.
8. Eat more dairy. Kids build about half of their adult bone mass during adolescence, so bolster their calcium intake with low-fat milk, yogurt and ice cream while you can.
7. Supplement with fish oil. While a kids’ multivitamin each day helps make up for any nutrient shortfalls, Sears suggests also giving kids high-quality fish oil, which boasts the critical omega-3 fatty acids that most western diets lack.