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Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Kids

December 26, 2014

 

The following New Year tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

 

Preschoolers

 

  • I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong. 

  • I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.I won't tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. 

  • I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

  • I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or are scared.

  • I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.

 

 

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times.

  • I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm playing sports.

  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week! 

  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.

  • I'll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.

  • I will never encourage or even watch bullying, and will join with others in telling bullies to stop.

  • I'll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.

  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.

  • I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.

 

 

Kids, 13 years old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times.

  • I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.

  • I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.  I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.

  • I will help out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.

  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend. 

  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.

  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.

  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return. 

  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.

  • I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

     

 

 

 

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