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Published on February 19, 2015

A Healthy Lifestyle for the Entire Family

A Healthy Lifestyle for the Entire Family

A Healthy Lifestyle for the Entire FamilyThere’s never a bad time to examine your family’s health and wellness.  Are you eating right, getting the right amount of exercise and plenty of sleep?

Here are some simple tips from Sonya Thomas MD, PIH Health Family Medicine physician, to help you reboot and rejuvenate before spring. 

  1. An apple a day may not always keep the doctor away, but fruits and vegetables will put you on track for better nutrition. Grab a piece of fruit for breakfast or throw an apple or banana in with lunch.
  2. Kids need good food like fruits, vegetables and whole grains to grow and do well in school.
  3. The next time you’re thirsty, reach for water or milk instead of sugary soft drinks.
  4. Getting regular exercise can put a spring in your step. Even a few minutes a day of outside activity can help you feel refreshed. Make it a family outing and you’ll find it’s a great way to have some fun and spend some time together.
  5. Go for a walk or hike. Play in the park or just work in the garden. Get moving!
  6. When you feel better, you sleep better — everybody needs a good night’s rest.
  7. Moms know that babies and toddlers need sleep to grow, but school kids need 10 to 11 hours, and teenagers need eight and a half hours to nine hours and 15 minutes of sleep  to get through homework, sports and other activities. Sleep can help prevent health problems, like obesity. Adults and seniors need seven to nine hours of sleep, although it may take older adults a little longer to fall asleep.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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