6 Creative Ways To Help Kids Develop Healthy Habits

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard parents and guardians tell us, “My child won’t eat anything but junk food!” or “I can’t get my kid to go outside, she just wants to play video games all day!”

You’re not alone.

Research finds that 54% of children under the age of 3 are picky eaters and 30% of kids won’t eat a single vegetable. Another study noted most children play outside for as little as 4 hours a week!

Helping your kids develop healthy habits from an early age is very important – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Our team of pediatricians and child behaviorists are here to help.

Start by scheduling a well child visit at one of our offices. Then, read through our list of top 6 creative ideas for encouraging healthy habits at home.

1. Go grocery shopping together

One of our favorite ways to encourage healthy eating is to turn a grocery shopping trip into a fun, educational experience for your kids.

We recommend taking a special trip where you focus on the healthy aisles – particularly, the produce section. Also, make sure to give yourself more time in the store than you normally would.

Here are our favorite “shopping” game ideas:

Shop the colors – Ask your child to name the colors of the fruits and vegetables. You can turn this into an “I spy” game, asking your child to find a yellow fruit or a red veggie.

Where does it grow? – Pick a few fruits and vegetables and ask your child to guess where it grows. Or explain where an item grows as you add it to the cart.

Pick your fruit and vegetable – Allow your children to pick any fruit or vegetable in the store – whether it’s a cucumber or a coconut. Then take it home and let them try it. Make sure you explain what it is and why it’s healthy!

2. Have some fun in the kitchen

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