Six Critical Ways To Keep Your Child Healthy

Our children are at a rapid pace of physical and mental development. They need enough energy to spend their days at school, stay focused in class and be active on the field. They need their health at it's finest to guarantee they reach their fullest potential in all realms of life.  Optimal health leads to successful children who can healthily reach their best in body, mind, and spirit. Here are six critical ways to keep your child healthy.


The most important way to boost your child's health is by providing them a good diet. These days an alarming number of children have poor eating habits, consisting of primarily junk and fast foods. Besides leading to early obesity, children today are suffering from diseases that once only plagued adults in their forties. Because of improper diet, their bodies do not receive all the essential nutrients needed for good physical and mental development, their immune systems are weakened. Therefore, they are more receptive to fall prey to disease. In order to boost your child's health, make a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, a daily nutritional habit for your growing child. 


Exercise boosts a child's health as it improves physical fitness, confidence and self-esteem, better memory, and releases endorphins that create good feelings.  Research shows that one-hour exercise everyday prevents obesity, which in turn prevents diabetes and heart diseases in the future. Especially with children, exercise can be any fun form of active movement, including but not limited to riding a bike, playing a sport, running with the dog, flying a kite, and walking in the park, or nature. All of these can be a good form of exercise and will substantially improve your child's physical and mental health.

Exercise has a plethora of physical benefits including improved blood circulation, increased oxygen supply to the brain and other organs of the body, and enhanced fat burning, all of which promote healthy body functioning, boost your child's health, and leads to his success. Those children with time-pressured schedules and expectations to success especially need exercise like we need air.


Sleep and adequate rest is debatably as important as a balanced diet. Adequate sleep gives the body enough rest so that it can function well for the next day. Sleep replenishes the brain and helps in processing information better. Sleep is the primary critical time for the body to do it's immune function cleaning and repairing. Parents must enforce adequate sleeping hours for their children to boost their health. The number of hours of sleep required is different for every child, but on average most children require between nine- eleven hours of sleep daily.


Drinking water is very important for your child's health. It will keep them hydrated and boost their digestion process. A child should drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water every day. Water beats fatigue and prevents nausea especially after physical activity. Water boosts brain power and maintains blood glucose levels preventing fainting spells and dehydration. Water, and no other substitute, will keep your child healthiest.


Parents may prevent their children from going out into the sun for they feel the child may better spend their time being productive, or because the sun is dangerous. While we should protect our kids from the sun, they require fresh air and sun for their most basic health. Children (and adults) require about twenty minutes of sun a day for their optimal vitamin D intake. This is best provided not orally, but from the sun, which aids in vital things like proper development of teeth and bones. If you are scared your children will be exposed to harmful UV rays, do not allow them in to the sun when it is at its peak between 10 A.M to 2 P.M. Have your children wear protective clothing instead of sun blocks. If you are not sure play is a good use of your child's time, rest assured that through the play and freedom, he will succeed better in every capacity of his life.


Well-meaning parents often focus so much on physical health and prioritize academic progress, they they quite neglect the importance of emotional health. Emotional health is one of the biggest factors that determine the overall experience your child will have as an adult. Parents must inspire their children to talk about their feelings and share what they experience emotionally in regards to family, school, friends, and life in general. When children have firm emotional health, they are able to overcome challenges and adapt to changes. This is absolutely critical for a child's success. Encourage them to build good relationships and share their emotional issues often.

  1. Pick one area in your child's health that you feel is lacking. 
  2. Decide the one most critical thing you can do/incorporation/include in your weekly life to make a difference. 
  3. Once this has become habit, up the frequency of the event. Be it exercise, more sleep or water, or a set aside quiet time to sit and talk about feelings, up it from once a week, progressively to twice and then three times a week. 
  4. Talk to your child about why this is important to his health and how he feels about it.
  5. Encourage your child to suggest more ways to make this new health habit last. 
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