Everyone wants their family to be healthy and happy, but it can be tough to keep up with healthy lifestyle changes. Even a small change can make a big difference to your family’s health. To help you reach your goal, try:
- Starting with a small step which you are confident you can make.
- Keeping a list of all the reasons you want to change somewhere you will see it every day, like on the fridge or in your purse or wallet.
- Celebrating every little goal you achieve. Watch your favourite film with the family or plan a day out.
Check out our video to get more top tips on making changes to your healthy habits and sticking to them – even when things get tough.
Thinking about how your family can eat better or move more is a brilliant way to improve your health. Here are some simple ideas you could try. Remember to work on one thing at a time and celebrate when you have reached your goal!
• Learn about the Eat Well Plate to make sure you are eating the right amounts and kinds of foods.
• Try out one healthy food swap a day. This could mean replacing sweets or chocolate with fruit and veg, swapping white bread or pasta for whole grain versions, or swapping sugary drinks for water.
• Check out the traffic light labels on foods and go for green.
• Fit in a brisk, 10 minute walk every day.
• Try a new kind of exercise. There are lots of things which are free or cheap to try like running, swimming, walking and dancing.
For more ideas on how to get active, check out Family Time and Moving More: *Click Here*.
To find out about a healthy diet, check out Eating Well: *Click Here*.
Looking after our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. As a parent, you help your child to understand the world around them and make sense of their feelings. A great place to begin is to start conversations about feelings. You might like to use some of these phrases:
• It sounds like you are feeling sad/angry/worried/excited/happy. Tell me more…
• You seem sad/upset. Let’s talk about it…
• We all feel worried sometimes. The best thing we can do it talk about it..
• I feel sad sometimes too
To find out more about your child’s emotional development and wellbeing: *Click Here*.
As a Norfolk parent, you can access free, online learning which helps you to feel more confident about looking after children and young people. It’s easy to get started and you can do it at your own pace.
It is free to access using the Norfolk access code JON70
There is lots more information about your child’s health or development available on JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk. Remember if you are unsure or just need a bit of help to get started, you can seek support from health professionals. To find out who is the best person to contact *Click Here*.
You can contact our service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.