Tuesday, June 18 2013, 07:59 AM MDT
Children Getting Healthy For The New Year
(KUTV) Experts say adults aren’t the only ones who can commit to getting healthy for the new year.
Children can make some of the same goals and start off young for a healthier lifestyle.
10-year-old Brooke Hopkins wants to eat healthier in the new year.
“I’ve been doing pretty good so far, so I can stick to it,” Brooke said.
Her mom is helping her stay on track.
“Every week we try and add a new vegetable she hasn’t tried before,” said Brooke’s mother, Ronne Hopkin.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds everyone that New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults; children should make healthy promises too.
Other suggestions for 5-12 year olds, include drink reduced fat milk and water, limit soda and fruit drinks to special occasions, wear a biking helmet and be nice to other kids.
Experts say physical activity is a good resolution for children of all ages. The recommendation is 60 minutes a day. They suggest trying to find a sport or activity they like and encourage them to do it at least three times a week.
And you’re never too young to start resolutions.
Preschoolers may want to make a promise to brush their teeth twice a day, wash hands after the bathroom and before eating and put their toys away.
Brooke got a jump start on her goals. She joined the Healthy Futures program at Hackensack University Medical Center five weeks ago.
As for teenagers, experts suggest resolutions to choose non-violent TV shows and video games and resist peer pressure to try tobacco, drugs or alcohol.
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