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    Does your family need to make a change?
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    Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP posted:
    Happy New Year! What resolutions did you and your family make for 2011? Hopefully a few involve replacing unhealthy routines with healthy ones. Making the resolution is easy. But making the change can be a challenge. Here are my suggestions for family-friendly resolutions, along with some solutions to help make these changes actually happen.

    Resolution: We will drink more milk and water, and limit soda and fruit juices.
    Solution: Don't buy soda and juice for your home. Allow your family to choose one sweet beverage when eating out for a special occasion, like a birthday party.

    Resolution: We will exercise more.
    Solution: Have every member of your family choose a sport (such as soccer or basketball) or physical activity (such as walking the dog, dancing, or playing tag), and encourage them to perform that activity at least 3 times a week.

    Resolution: We will eat healthier.
    Solution: Eat at least two different colors of fruit and vegetables each day.

    Resolution: We will put away our toys, books, games, shoes, clothes, etc.
    Solution: Label storage bins with the names of items that belong in each one, such as cars, balls, books, laundry, etc. Encourage everyone in the house to put back what they take out before moving on to something new. To set the example, make sure Mommy and Daddy use labeled bins to clean up, too!

    Resolution: We will limit media use --TV, video games, and computer time.
    Solution: Set a timer. Allow up to one hour on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends.

    Has your family made any resolutions for the new year?
     
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    Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
    This is a great posts, Dr. Tanya. My family decided to spend more time together.


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