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With the New Year and new decade (!), comes new beginnings—not just for adults, but for our children as well. It’s the perfect time to adopt some healthy habits that can make 2020 the best year possible.

Following are five healthy habits from Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile

  1. Exercise vigorously for at least 15 minutes every day. Can’t get outside in the winter? NP Karen suggest the following series of exercises that can be done in any space.
    1. 5 Rounds for time: Run 200m, 10 squats and 10 push ups (Rounds for time means to race the clock or a friend)
    2. 6 Rounds for time: 10 Pushups 10 squats and 10 sit ups
    3. 21 each of squats and pushups, then 15 each of squats and pushups, then 9 each of squats and push ups
    4. Jump rope for three separate 5 minute intervals
  1. Eat one fruit and one vegetable, or two vegetables at EVERY meal. NP Karen suggests parents allow children to choose the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and help prepare them for the meals. This will make kids more willing to try veggies.
  1. Limit screen time to only one hour per day! Instead try:
    1. Joining a camp, sport or club
    2. Going to the park
    3. Walking the dog
    4. Playing with siblings
    5. Dancing to your favorite songs
    6. Building a fort
    7. Create an obstacle course
  1. Brush your teeth twice a day EVERY day for two minutes. This will help keep healthy teeth and gums and prevent dental cavities
  1. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating or touching your face. Prevent the spread of germs and illnesses such as the flu

What are your family’s resolutions for the new year? Let us know by tagging us on Instagram or DM us a photo on Facebook.