As a parent, you pass more than genes down to your children. Kids pick up your habits too; both good and bad. Show your kids you care about them by sharing these nuggets of health advice that they'll carry with them long after you can carry them.
 
Habit 1: Make eating colorful
 
Eating foods of different colors isn't just fun; it has health benefits too. Help your kids understand the nutritional value of including a rainbow of colorful foods in their regular diet.
That doesn't mean that every meal needs to be multicolored. But you should make an effort to incorporate a range of fruits and vegetables of different hues into their diet. Let the colors range from red, blue, and orange, to yellow, green, and white.
 
Habit 2: Don't skip breakfast

Instilling a routine of regular mealtimes in childhood can help make it more likely that your kids will continue this good habit when they're older.
Teach them that a healthy breakfast:
  • kickstarts their brain and energy
  • helps keep them strong
  • keep chronic diseases at bay
Habit 3: Pick enjoyable physical activities

Not every child loves sports. Some may dread gym class. But if they see you being active and find physical activities they enjoy, staying healthy and active becomes easy.
They may very likely carry their love of these activities into adulthood. If your child hasn't found their sports niche yet, encourage them to keep trying, and be active with them.
Expose them to a range of physical activities like swimming, archery, or gymnastics. They're bound to find something they enjoy.
 
Habit 4: Don't be a couch potato

Get kids, and yourself, off the sofa and out the door.
The Mayo Clinic reports that kids who watch more than an hour or two of television a day are at greater risk for a number of health problems, including:
  • impaired performance at school
  • behavioral difficulties, including emotional and social problems and attention disorders
  • obesity or being overweight
  • irregular sleep, including trouble falling asleep and resisting bedtime
  • less time to play
Habit 5: Read every day