Resolutions about health, and especially about diet and weight loss, must be the most common vows made each January. Is your family among those resolving to make some healthy changes this New Year? For the best success, choose just a few resolutions, and make them specific and manageable. In other words, “sign up for exercise class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and attend regularly” works better than “work out every single day.” Here are a few great resolutions that everyone in the family can relate to!

Resolutions for Kids

Vow-Try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing, or riding my bike) that they are interested in, and do it at least three times a week.

Resolutions for Teens

Vow-When they feel angry or stressed out, take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing a problem with a parent or friend. Help them NOT to fester anger.

Resolutions for Adults

Vow- Think in small steps. If an exercise program is started, focus first on adopting the habit. Then, work to attain small goals, ones that are reachable, as simple as increasing the time spent at exercise. After one small goal is accomplished, look for another and raise the bar! It’s a win-win situation.

Resolutions for Families

Vow-Share a meal (whether it’s dinner or breakfast) together most days of the week. Take this time to converse – to be with one another and, most of all — suggest everyone agrees to disconnect and put away their personal devices!

Talk with your family over dinner one night and think about some reasonable resolutions that you can all agree to work on together. Resolutions aren’t meant to be easy. Give it a shot; after all, life is a challenge!

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