Let’s talk about children’s health.

As parents and caregivers, we worry about keeping our children healthy. That’s been a challenge during the pandemic but here are a few tips.

Healthy diets help your kids avoid obesity.

Easier said than done. The first step is to clean out your cupboards and fridge, and get rid of the high-calorie items, and re-stock with healthy ones. If you don’t buy unhealthy foods, you won’t eat them. So, try not to bring them into your home.

Be sure your kids are getting enough sleep.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one way to change your child’s metabolism and motivation is to ensure your child receives enough sleep – at night. Elementary school children should be preparing for bed or reading by 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights (i.e., school nights). Teens may stay up until 10 or 10:30 p.m., but they, too, need time to decompress and relax their minds and bodies.

Where can I get help?

The first step is to have a medical provider for your children, one that knows them, and you see on a regular basis. Second, get a yearly physical, and third, if you need help with nutrition, ask your provider or get referred to a nutritionist.

At Finger Lakes Community Health, we have providers that care for everyone, entire families in fact. We not only offer medical services, but we also have dental and behavioral health services. But it all starts with a primary care provider.

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