Create a Simple Plan for a Healthier Family

A few easy steps can improve success

fruit bowlIf you want to get your family on a path to better health, start with a few simple steps.

The website suggests:

• Place a bowl of fresh fruit within your child’s reach, so he or she can grab a quick, healthy snack.
• Enjoy a walk as a family each evening after dinner.
• Plan your menu for the following week, and encourage children to help with preparation and cooking.
• Don’t watch TV while you eat. Enjoy the time together as a family.
• Speak with your child’s principal about organizing a health team at school.

All of these Health Tips are written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News.
This article last updated Nov. 16, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Gathering Your Family Health History

It’s a key predictor of your own health

Your family’s health history is a key predictor of your own health, now and in the future.

To compile your family’s history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

• Jot down a list of your relatives, including immediate family and grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Speak with each of them about their health.
• Ask family members about any instances of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke or cancer.
• Discuss age at diagnosis and cause of any of these conditions. Add age of death for deceased relatives. Note the countries your family came from.
• Update this information frequently. Show it to your doctor and discuss your risk.

This article last updated Dec. 29, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Moms, Don’t Neglect Your Health

mom relaxingExercise, eat well and manage stress

With so many responsibilities, it may be difficult for moms to care for themselves.

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of the American Council on Exercise:
• Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water.
• Make time for regular exercise.
• Find a little time each day just for you. Schedule a date night with your partner.
• Indulge in a relaxing bubble bath.
• Treat yourself to a massage. Touch therapy can be soothing and boost hormones that help your mood.
• Make time to connect with friends, for lunch, coffee or a phone call.
• Laugh every day! Seek out a funny joke, movie, book or story.

This article last updated Feb. 19, 2016. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved.