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With the new year comes new focus and new goals. After the holidays I always like to realign my health and work on putting healthy habits back in place.
This year, I am doing a healthy habits challenge for my whole family! I am excited and have gotten my kids excited as well. Let me tell you all about it.
I have kids ages 16 down to 7. I really want my kids to learn healthy habits while they are young so they can continue it as they grow up. I often teach my kids principles of nutrition and health. It’s something I used to teach, so I am passionate about health!
What’s in The Healthy Habits Challenge:
The principles I am trying to teach my kids are the following:
- Eating enough Fruits and Vegetables
- Drinking Enough Water
- Reducing Sugar Consumption
- Tracking Food
This printable challenge includes a tracking chart to keep track of your goals. The chart covers a full week. You can do it for as many weeks as you would like.
The health challenge also includes a food diary. There is a basic 2-page food diary that can be printed and used for multiple weeks.
The reason I want to teach my kids to keep a food diary is to be aware of the things they are putting into their mouths. Sometimes we eat more (or less) than we recognize, especially when snacking.
Who This Health Challenge Is For:
This health challenge is for anyone who wants to keep their healthy habits on track! I say it’s for families, but you can easily use this in a health and nutrition unit in a school, or do a challenge with friends.
If you are trying to lose weight, add a weight loss component to it. If you just want to eat better, this is great for that. I do not have kids that need to lose weight, I just want them making healthy choices so they will have a healthy future.
I do not want to emphasize weight loss in a challenge for kids because I don’t want them to start stressing and worrying about weight at an early age. This can be unhealthy for kids and lead to low self-esteem, or even eating disorders.
So, instead I focus on healthy habits. I want my kids to regularly do physical activity to build strong muscles and lungs. I want them to be comfortable wearing a variety of fresh heathy foods. The more these healthy habits become a regular part of our lives, the easier it will be to keep them up long-term.