Healthy Living: Setting the Stage for Success | Cincinnati Children's
HealthWorks! Healthy Living Series: Setting the Stage for Success
by The Center for Better Health and Nutrition/HealthWorks! at Cincinnati Children's
Kristin Stackpole, MD, Pediatrician: "Making change can be difficult. Here, at the Center for Better Health and Nutrition, we want the changes you are working on to go as smoothly as possible."
"There are steps that you can take today to help make future change easier. We think of this as setting the stage for success. The first stem is making sure that you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at a similar time each day. Having scheduled meals and snacks helps with hunger control. It also helps you avoid the pitfall of over-snacking after school or at night."
"The second tip is to schedule your daily exercise. Finding an hour each day to exercise can be tricky. Planning physical activities as part of your day helps prevent missing the chance to exercise."
"The third step is to get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. Sleep improves our physical and emotional health and even helps us do better in school. When we don't get enough sleep, we're actually hungrier. Also, most of our sleep should occur at night instead of sleeping for long periods during the day."
"Next, create an environment in which making the healthy decision is easier than making the unhealthy decision. The more convenient your exercise and healthy eating are, the more likely you are to stick with it. If your goal is to stop drinking sugary drinks, get them out of the house. If your goal is to exercise after school, pack a bag so that you have everything you need with you for that activity."
"If you are working toward decreasing the time you spend playing video games, set a timer before you begin playing. Taking electronics and phones out of the bedroom can help make sticking to a set bedtime easier."
"Taking care of your emotional health is critical. If you're starting this process feeling sad, stressed or anxious, making healthy change can be more difficult. Let us know if you're experiencing these feelings so that we can help connect you to someone who can help."
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