Healthy Habits for Kids and Teens to Share With Families

Educators and school staff play a key role in helping parents and caregivers raise healthy, safe, resilient kids. Share these tips in your school's newsletter, social media posts and more.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life is here to help families raise healthy, safe, resilient kids. To support families and school staff, we’ve created sample newsletter content for schools to share via email or on social media.

Our ready-to-use school newsletter content features healthy habits for kids, including tips for eating well, being active, getting quality sleep, practicing healthy coping skills and being safe.

Pro tip: Highlight the content below, copy it and paste it into your school newsletter, social media posts and more. It’s yours to use anywhere you communicate with families.


The Strong4Life Healthy Habits

A habit is something we do over and over again, sometimes without even thinking about it.

Practicing healthy habits regularly can help improve your child’s overall wellness—their physical, mental and emotional health. Try practicing the 4 Strong4Life healthy habits together as a family to help everyone build strong bodies and minds.

Strong4Life healthy habits for kids:

  • Eat smarter, drink water
  • Screens away, go play 
  • Get rest to be your best 
  • Emotions are real, express how you feel

 

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Easy breakfast ideas for kids

Starting the day with a balanced meal does more than just calm that first bout of hunger. It helps kids stay focused longer and perform better academically than those who skip eating or start with a sugary option.

Try these easy breakfast ideas to boost kids’ brainpower: 

  • Oatmeal with nuts and fruit
  • Veggie and egg muffins
  • Cereal trail mix with dried fruit, whole-grain cereal and nuts 

 

Hectic mornings ruining your breakfast plans? Ask your school nutrition team about their breakfast menu! 

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Raising kids who are active for life

Being active benefits kids’ physical and mental health. And building a healthy relationship with activity can set them up to be active for life.  

Here are some tips to encourage physical activity:

  • Plan for activity. Set your family up for success by planning times to be active.
  • Keep things positive and avoid presenting activity as a chore, a way to earn things or a privilege to be taken away.
  • Let kids choose. Kids are more likely to participate in an activity if they enjoy it. Plus, choosing their activities can help build independence.
  • Have fun! Nine out of 10 kids say having fun is the top reason they enjoy being active. 

 

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Swim safety for kids and teens

Practicing water safety for kids of all ages is crucial because drowning is a leading cause of death in children from birth through the teen years. And drowning is often quick and silent.

But the good news is drowning is preventable. Here are our top swim safety tips for kids and teens:  

  • Practice proper supervision. Keep beginner swimmers within arm’s reach to practice touch supervision. Be a water watcher for strong swimmers by keeping them within eye’s reach.
  • Be honest about swim skills. There’s no shame in not knowing how to swim. But the good news is it’s never too late to learn. (Take it from NFL running back, Ito Smith!) If your child isn’t a strong swimmer, give them the courage and confidence to be open about their skills with their peers and other adults so they can be properly monitored.
  • Sign up for swim lessons. Our experts recommend that children be able to swim confidently by the time they are in school. Check out our tips for finding swim lessons for kids.
  • Talk about risk-taking behavior. Older kids and teens are more likely to drown because they’re taking risks in or around water. Risky behaviors include jumping and diving, swimming or boating at night, and swimming while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Peer pressure plays a part. Talk to your child about how certain behaviors can be life threatening. And empower them to make the right decisions under pressure.  

 

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The health benefits of a good night’s sleep 

From birth through their teenage years, kids need to get plenty of rest to be their best. Getting enough quality sleep helps support your child’s mind and body.  

Quality sleep can: 

  • Improve our mood
  • Help with decision making
  • Boost memory and focus
  • Increase physical energy
  • Strengthen the immune system 

 

Visit Strong4Life.com for more tips for raising healthy, safe, resilient kids. You can also subscribe to the Strong4Life newsletter and follow Strong4Life on Instagram.

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Introducing Raising Resilience  

Resilience is the ability to handle life’s ups and downs. It’s an important skill that kids need to learn and adults need to teach. Strong4Life recently launched Raising Resilience, an initiative to give all parents and caregivers the tools they need to shift from reacting in the moment to proactively teaching kids how to cope with challenges, manage stress and ultimately make healthy decisions throughout their lives.

Sign up for the Raising Resilience newsletter to receive campaign updates and parenting tips from licensed therapists twice each month.  

Follow Strong4Life on social media (Instagram, Facebook) for Raising Resilience tips, as well as parenting tips that focus on whole-child wellness (both emotional and physical).  

Visit Strong4Life.com/RaisingResilience to learn about raising resilience at every age. 

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2022

 

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