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Setting Goals for a Healthy Family

Good nutrition is one key to a healthy family life. Factors like sleep, stress, and exercise also play a big part in supporting family well-being. Here are some tips for setting goals for a healthy family lifestyle.

Set goals that you can reach

Your chances of making healthy choices are better if you start small. For example, replace sugary snacks with fruit or take short evening walks. SMART goals are: S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Realistic T – Timely

Get support

Family, friends and neighbors are huge assets. Find your support systems and don’t be afraid to ask for help. For example, trade child care time with a trusted friend and get a chance to de-stress.

Avoid negative people

Reaching healthy goals can be hard enough without people who don’t believe in you. Avoiding negativity may even help you sleep better at night.

Set priorities everyday

Everyday is different. Take time to plan a healthy activity for the demands of the days. For example, after a long car ride kids may need some time for active free play.

Plan a reward in advance

Once a goal has been reached, having something fun planned, like a family outing will help motivate your family to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Re-evaluate goals together

Once healthy changes become part of family life decide together what new goals will keep you on the right track.

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References

Building Strong Families “Setting Goals.” University of Missouri Extension. http://extension.missouri.edu/bsf/goals/goforitoverheads.htm