Make Health a Priority
Everyone wants their family to be healthy and happy, but making changes to your lifestyle can be tough. You might be finding it hard to get started or feel like it’s too difficult to reach your goal. Even making a small change can make a big difference to your family’s health. To make it count, try:
• Choosing one thing you really want to work on. If you do it because you want to, you’re much more likely to be able to keep it up.
• Starting with a small step which you are confident you can make.
• Thinking about what might get in the way of making a change and planning for it.
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!
- Introduce an extra portion of fruit or veg every day.
- Eat together as a family sitting at the table. Keep electronics and the TV switched off!
- Swap sugary drinks like fizzy drinks for water.
- Fit in a brisk, 10 minute walk every day.
- Play together in the park once a week.
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.