Seven habits of healthy families

Seven habits of healthy families

  1. They eat fruit and vegetables


    Have you ever heard that fruit and vegetables are bad for your health? Many foods have been linked to chronic diseases, but fruit and vegetables are widely acknowledged to be the healthiest food option available. This is because they’re packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that help prevent diseases.


  3. They drink water


    Healthy families opt for water and avoid sugary drinks. We drink to hydrate, and no other fluid hydrates like water. Sugary drinks have shown to be a serious health hazard, and increase your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.


  5. They eat together


    Eating shouldn’t be done mindlessly with your eyes glued to the TV. There is something wonderfully wholesome about the good old-fashioned family dinner. Making family dinner a habit, with everyone sitting together at a table enjoying nutritious food and sharing stories about their day is a great opportunity to bond as a family.


  7. They stay active


    Each family member will have their own hobbies and sporting interests, but everyone should be getting sufficient physical activity. Exercising or exploring the outdoors are also great for family bonding.


  9. They wash their hands and they get vaccinated


    Healthy families know how to prevent infections through proper hygiene, handwashing and vaccination. If you aren’t practicing simple measures to prevent infections, you’re putting your family and everyone you come into contact with at a greater risk for infectious diseases.


  11. They sleep well


    Children and adults need sufficient, good quality sleep. Poor sleep is associated with lots of health problems. It also has a very big influence on mental functioning and psychological wellbeing. Healthy families have a consistent bedtime routine and sleeping habits so that everyone gets the rest their minds and bodies need.


  13. They love and support each other


    Promoting the health of the family would be incomplete without acknowledging the need for close family relationships and family support. Everyone in your family should feel loved, respected and heard. They must know that they can come to the family with any problem and that they will be supported in facing challenges.


This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult a healthcare professional.