The YMCA embraces a holistic approach to positive youth development. Our staff are professional role models who nurture the potential of each child on their unique journeys from birth to career. But the Y cannot do this work alone. Families and caretakers play a critical role in the development of youth.
As we head into the school year, the Y encourages families to adopt new health habits to help children and teens achieve success in all aspects of their lives. Here are three simple ways to get started:
- Be A Positive Role Model: Encourage health habits in your home with friendly competition and family challenges. Come up with your own challenges such as keeping track of who drinks more water, walks the most steps, or reads books more often.
- Reduce Screen Time: Children younger than 2 should have no exposure to TV, cell phones, or other digital devices. For children old than 2, the recommended screentime is less than one hour per day. Replace screentime with creative projects or at-home STEM activities.
- Encourage Choosing Water: When it comes to beverages, make water the primary option for yourself and your children. Unflavored low-fat or nonfat milk are also healthy choices. Limiting unhealthy beverage choices increases the likelihood that children will choose these options and develop healthier thirst-quenching habits.