GENESEO, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2022 – October marks Children’s Health Month and Livingston County is reminding residents that children can often be much more vulnerable than adults when it comes to food allergies and other feeding issues.
It’s important to begin developing good habits early and the County’s Department of Health has several suggestions to help establish healthy routines.
Here are a few ways to improve your children’s health:
- Go outdoors! Spending time in green, natural environments can have a positive impact on a children’s mental and physical health.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. There are numerous benefits for adding fruits and vegetables in your children’s meal. Fruits and vegetables contain essential nutrients needed for growth and good health.
- Get your children vaccinated. These vaccinations, or immunizations, are a way of creating immunity or protection against certain diseases. Vaccinations are safe, cost-effective and not only protect your children, but others around them.
- Practice good hygiene. When kids learn to clean and take care of their bodies, they are reducing germs. Kids should wash their hands regularly, brush their teeth twice a day, and bathe or shower daily.
- Find time to rest and relax. The world is stressful and kids, even if they don’t know all the details, can feel and understand that stress. Help your children feel relaxed by setting a routine for them and your family. This includes time together and fun activities outdoors. Spending quality time as a household can help alleviate stress and anxiety for youth.
- Drink more water and limit drinks that contain high levels of sugar. Water makes up half our bodies. Without it kids can feel sluggish, unfocused, and distracted throughout the day. Help them keep on top of hydration by getting them a colorful, refillable bottle to keep near them or add a couple of fresh fruit slices to water for a boost of healthy flavor.
- Limit screen time. Kids are spending more time than ever on screens (laptops, tablets, or smartphones), which can cause fatigue or strain on their eyes. Create screen-free zones at home like the kitchen or living room to allow children time to relax and communicate their needs.
- Prioritize sleep. Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine and helps the body recharge after the events of the day. When children get enough sleep, they learn quicker, focus better, and their memory is improved. Help your child get the 9-12 hours of sleep they need each night by creating a calming bedtime routine, like taking a warm bath or reading before bed.
For questions regarding your child’s health, contact their healthcare provider. For more information regarding programs offered by the Livingston County Department of Health that may benefit your family, call (585) 243-7299 or visit the Department of Health’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.