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The New Year is a popular time to resolve to do something positive for your health during the upcoming year, and it's not too late to make 2013 resolutions. This year, why not set a family resolution? Working together on your family's resolution will offer support and a sense of being on a team. It will also help develop healthy habits in the year and the years to come! Here are some ideas for meal and physical activity resolutions:

--Prepare lots of meals at home. Kids can get involved in the kitchen with parents. Depending on their ages, kids can set the table, rinse dirt from fresh fruit and vegetables, mix dry ingredients, make a cold salad, wash or dry dishes, cook a side dish, or even plan and cook balanced meals themselves complete with grocery lists. Kids can also help shop for food.

--Eat lots of meals together. Family meals can lead to stronger family bonds, better family communication, getting along better with others, and better grades; and less risk of substance abuse and of being overweight.

--Watch less TV! Try limiting each family member's television viewing to a maximum of two hours per day. Children currently watch about 30 hours of television a week, on average, according to the Nielson Company. Too much TV is associated with obesity and poor school performance.

--Get fit as a family. If you and your family watch less television, you may want to use that extra time moving around being physically active. Some fun family activity ideas include snow-sledding, an outdoor game of catch or shooting hoops, footraces, jump roping, walks, bike rides, obstacle courses, dancing, and juggling with scarves or soft balls.

--More ideas to consider: Grow some herbs, plant a garden, eat more fruits and vegetables, eat more whole grains and fewer refined grains, limit fried foods, drink more water and unsweetened beverages, cut back on foods with added sugars or salt, and limit processed foods. Here is to your good health!

Date: 2/25/2013



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