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Healthy Resolutions for the Entire Family

A registered dietitian shares three tips for a healthier new year.

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to think about and set personal goals. However, when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, family support is key for success.
A registered dietitian shares three ways to motivate your family to live a healthier lifestyle in the new year.

1. Make resolutions fun
New year’s resolutions should be fun for the whole family. Introduce resolutions as an opportunity for children to challenge themselves, focusing on fun activities for them. If you want your family to eat healthier, get all family members involved from grocery shopping to preparing a meal.

2. Get children’s input on how to reach goals
Ask children what kinds of goals they would like to achieve and help them break down a large goal into smaller, short-term goals. For instance, if the long-term goal is to eat more fruits and vegetables, a short-term goal may be to challenge your children to eat fruits or vegetables as an afternoon snack.

3. Organize your pantry for success
Keeping junk food in the pantry is a surefire way to break your resolution to eat healthier. It seems very simple, but don’t keep tempting foods around the house. See more tips for healthy pantry options.

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