Skip to Content

Healthy Habits for Kids

Topic Overview

Habits are hard to break. That's why the sooner in life we build good, healthy habits, the easier it is to keep them and stay as healthy as possible. And when good habits are in place, it's easier to resist bad ones.

Your child's habits start with you

The most important thing to remember is that you are your child's role model. Your habits affect your children's habits.

If your habits are unhealthy—smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or always expecting the worst, for example—your child is more likely to get those habits.

If your habits are healthy—eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, looking forward to tomorrow, for example—your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

What follows is help and advice for building good, lifelong habits in four areas:

  1. Healthy eating.
  2. Regular physical activity.
  3. Staying safe and healthy.
  4. Healthy thinking.

Healthy eating

Healthy eating links

Get the facts:

Take action:

More healthy habit information:

Regular physical activity

Physical activity links

Get the facts:

Take action:

More healthy habit information:

Staying safe and healthy

Health and safety links

Get the facts:

Take action:

More healthy habit information:

Health

Safety

Healthy thinking

Healthy thinking links

Get the facts:

Take action:

More healthy habit information:

Encourage balanced thinking:

Manage stress:

Prevent bullying:

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

HealthyChildren.org (U.S.)
Web Address: www.healthychildren.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthy Living (U.S.)
Web Address: www.cdc.gov/HealthyLiving

References

Other Works Consulted

  • Ertem IO (2011). Child development. In CD Rudolph et al., eds., Rudolph’s Pediatrics, 22nd ed., pp. 34–42. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Kelly S, et al. (2011). Correlates among healthy lifestyle cognitive beliefs, healthy lifestyle choices, social support, and healthy behaviors in adolescents: Implications for behavioral change strategies and future research. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25(4): 216–223.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of November 18, 2013

Current as of: November 18, 2013

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

Decision Points

Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.

You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about: