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Encouraging Healthier Behaviours at Home for the Whole Family

Encouraging Healthier Behaviours at Home for the Whole Family

September 17, 20234 min read

As parents and caregivers, fostering a healthy lifestyle for our families is a top priority. Creating a supportive home environment that promotes nutritious eating, regular physical activity, and emotional well-being can have a profound impact on the overall health and happiness of every family member. By making small (but significant) changes, we can set our loved ones on a path to a lifetime of well-being and vitality.

To encourage healthier behaviours, parents and caregivers play a crucial role as role models. Children often mirror the habits they observe at home, so leading by example can be a powerful way to promote positive health choices. Embrace a balanced lifestyle that includes nutritious meals, regular exercise, and stress management. When children see their parents prioritising health, they are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors themselves.

Family meals are not only an opportunity to bond, but they also present a chance to promote nutritious eating. Aim to eat together as a family as often as possible, as this allows for shared experiences and encourages the enjoyment of wholesome foods. Make it a habit to serve a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Limit the presence of processed foods and sugary snacks in the household, opting for healthier alternatives instead.

Encourage physical activity as a family by participating in fun and engaging exercises together. Whether it’s playing outdoor games, going for walks or bike rides, or dancing to your favorite music, being active as a family creates lasting memories while promoting fitness. Additionally, limiting screen time and encouraging outdoor play to keep everyone moving and energised. Support each family member’s interests, whether it’s sports, arts, or any other physical activity they enjoy. Participating in activities they love enhances their passion for healthy hobbies, ultimately leading to an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

Establishing consistent sleep schedules is essential for the whole family’s well-being. Create a calming bedtime routine that signals winding down and relaxation. Limit the use of electronic devices before bedtime, as it is well documented that the blue light emitted from screens can interfere with sleep quality.

Stress is a natural part of life, and it’s essential to teach children healthy ways to cope with emotions. Engage in family practices like mindfulness, deep breathing, or yoga to manage stress together. By fostering emotional intelligence and resilience, children will learn to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and positivity.

Good hygiene practices are crucial for overall health. Teach children the importance of regular handwashing, dental care, and other personal hygiene habits. Schedule regular health check-ups  to ensure everyone stays in top health.

Educate the family about the harmful effects of sugary beverages and make water the primary beverage of choice at home. Keep water accessible creating the ‘path of least resistance’ making it an easy and the most obvious choice when the fam gets thirsty. 

Introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables to children from an early age (don’t worry if this hasn’t been a priority yet, it’s never to late to start!). Get creative with new recipes and cooking methods to make vegetables more appealing. Involve kids in the preparation process to foster a sense of ownership and curiosity about nutritious foods. Dealing with picky eaters or food aversions can be a common challenge in families. Instead of pressuring children to eat specific foods, involve them in the meal planning process and offer a variety of options. For physical activity, find creative solutions to overcome barriers and make exercise enjoyable for everyone.

Amidst the busy schedules, make time for family outings and activities that promote bonding and laughter. These shared experiences strengthen family ties and create cherished memories that last a lifetime. Consider visiting parks, museums, or simply enjoying a picnic together in the great outdoors.

Acknowledge and celebrate each family member’s healthy achievements, no matter how big or small. Setting goals together and celebrating milestones can boost motivation and encourage continuous progress towards a healthier lifestyle.

Encouraging healthier behaviors at home for the whole family is a journey worth embracing. By creating a positive and supportive environment, prioritising balanced nutrition, and engaging in regular physical activity, families can set the foundation for a lifetime of health and well-being. 


  1. Dietitians Association of Australia. (n.d.). Family Meals Matter.

  2. Better Health Channel. (2017). How to be a Role Model for Healthy Eating.

  3. Raising Children Network. (2021). Exercise for Children

  4. Eat For Health. (2013). Enjoy a Wide Variety of Nutritious Foods.

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