HEALTHY HABITS

Life is chaotic, how can you help form the best habits in today’s youth? From nutrition and hydration to the amount of sleep and stress, life is about balance. Plus, technology has changed the game. How much screen time it too much screen time and how do screen time habits influence lifestyle and development?  Forming healthy habits can start at a young age, and as adults, you can lead by example. Get the answers and explore additional resources for all “Healthy Habits.”

"Students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance, and classroom behaviors"

-cdc.gov

GOOD SLEEPING HABITS

  • Keep the same bedtimes and wake-up times every day (even on weekends)
  • Stop electronics at least one hour before bed
  • Follow a bedtime routine
  • Avoid giving your child caffeine, especially at least eight hours before bed.
  • Ensure your child gets at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity each day

HEALTHY SNACKS

  • Trail mix with nuts, seeds, cereal and dried fruit
  • Sliced apple dipped in peanut butter
  • Low-fat fruited yogurt or plain/vanilla low-fat yogurt with fruit
  • Blended smoothie with frozen berries, low-fat milk and yogurt
  • Air-popped or fresh-popped popcorn
  • Pretzels, vegetables or whole wheat pita wedges and hummus
  • Tbsp of peanut butter on an ½ English muffin with sliced banana
  • Mini cinnamon raisin bagel spread with nut butter

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RESOURCES

PARENTSMART HEALTHLINE

  • Call 720-777-0123 to receive free health care advice from Children's Hospital Colorado registered nurses
  • Live person will answer 24/7
  • Information available for over 200 pediatric topics and community resources
  • Find a physician in your area

 

NUTRITION CONDITIONS

  • Poor / excessive weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Swallowing/feeding and digestive disorders
  • Sports medicine nutrition
  • Autism, cystic fibrosis and more...

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DESTRESS SCHOOL

  • Get moving: exercise one+ hour daily
  • Sleep: Establish a regular bed time with no technology use
  • Vaccinate: keep your child healthy and help them recover quicker
  • Stay involved: Ask questions about their day, let them share happy and sad situations

Find A Doctor

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