August: children and families

Self care can often be seen as something that only adults need to think about. But it’s just as important for younger people.

In an age where we are constantly in competition with our children's mobile phones, games consoles and tablets, it’s more important than ever to be keeping them active and healthy. What’s the easiest way to do this? Be their role model! Children learn by example, so as they develop daily habits your influence can have a huge impact on their health-related behaviour and healthy lifestyle choices. So the best way to get children active? Be active yourself! And the best way to ensure your children get their five-a-day? Eat five-a-day yourself!

These habits will stay with children throughout their lives meaning that healthy children are much less likely to have health problems in later life.

NHS Choices offers a range of tips for staying healthy as a family. Click on the links below to find out more:

The summer holidays are the perfect time to encourage your child to get out and about, and there’s no better way to do this than as a family.

Providing entertainment for children for six weeks can be quite a task but if you run out of ideas for keeping the children up and active then why not download the Change4Life ‘Fun Generator’ App for 100 suggestions for indoor and outdoor activities. Available from the App Store or Google Play.

How about some ideas for a picnic?

Change4Life has a selection of healthy lunchbox ideas which are perfect for those summer picnics. Visit Change4Life for more information.