Health

Saturday 26 July 2014

Lead by example

It's that time of year when everyone is settling back into a routine after the summer break –and when I get a lot of enquiries from families about staying healthy.

This is a tough area to advise people on, but my biggest piece of advice to parents is that they need to lead by example.

So if you want your children to be healthy, you need to start getting healthy yourself by eating better and exercising more.

You need to get active as a unit. We often suggest that families allow each member to choose an activity each week that you can all do together.

Another key element is eating at the table together once a day – without the television on or mobile phones – to help encourage conversation.

Research has proved that there's a direct link between family members' weight and the amount of communal eating time, so start working together as a team.

Irish Independent

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