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Parents play an important role in helping their children develop healthy habits while they're young. Remember to:

  • Playing basketball is an excellent way to promote a healthy lifestyle.
    Encourage your kids to play hard for at least 60 minutes on most days of the week. Fun activities can include shooting hoops, playing tag or riding a bike
  • Serve healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Set limits on screen time and get ideas for alternative activities.
  • Help your child get enough sleep by setting a regular bedtime.
  • Do your best to dodge germs. Hand washing is a simple, effective way to avoid spreading germs.
  • Begin discussions with your kids at an early age about avoiding the use of tobacco and alcohol, inhalants, and other drugs.
  • Keep your kids away from smoke. Cigarette smoke increases your child's risk of asthma, colds, pneumonia, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


For more information on how to promote a healthy lifestyle for your children, visit Kaiser Permanente's Children's Health site. Educate yourself with key suggestions on how to aid in your child's growth and development, emotions and behaviors, safety and much more.

Return To Get Fit Home Page | Kaiser Permanente's Children's Health Page


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