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Are you concern with your family’s healthy living habits? A few tips for youth, to get your family healthy together

Are you concern with your family’s healthy living habits? A few tips for youth, to get your family healthy together

Are you concern with your family’s healthy living habits?

A strong support system for health starts at home and YOU can be the change agent!

Try these tips provided by 4-H member RUWANTHI EKANAYAKE, with your family to get healthy together!

1. Get active together.
Plan times throughout the week when your family can exercise together. For example, I love going on walks or swimming at the beach with my parents and little brother. Try something new, like training for a half marathon or yoga classes–it’s a great way to bond and work out!

2. Turn off the TV.
I’ll admit, binge-watching my favorite shows is a huge temptation. But it’s also an easy way to waste a ton of time being inactive and even mindlessly snacking. Decide as a family how much time to spend per day in front of the tube, gaming or playing on the computer. For my family, two hours is a good limit.

3. Bake healthier.
Cookies, cakes–they’re delicious! Try substituting unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas for butter or sugar for a healthier twist.

4. Enjoy leftovers.
Instead of throwing out food, transform your leftovers into delectable new dishes! Try adding a lean protein like turkey to soups or salads or use veggies to create omelets, sandwiches or stews.

5. Get active with chores.
Chores are a pain, but they’re also a great way to get the whole family to move! Yard work like raking, weeding or planting can be great exercise. Or, if you’re like me, blast some music and work on your killer dance moves while washing dishes, sweeping, or vacuuming!

6. Make meal-planning a family activity.
There’s nothing more fun than cooking with the fam! Collaborate in the kitchen to decide on nutritious foods and recipes to make throughout the week. Check the MyPlate guidelines to ensure you’re using ingredients from all the food groups!

Content from this article was originally published by RUWANTHI EKANAYAKE (youth member of the National 4‑H Healthy Living Ambassador team) via http://4-h.org/about/blog/be-your-familys-healthy-living-advocate-10-tips-to-improve-your-familys-overall-health/

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