Healthy Habits

Text Books and Life Skills

Health

noun

1.

the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundnessand vigor:

good health; poor health.

As an adult, we are responsible for our own health, the health of our body and of our mind. How do you teach a child to have healthy habits? I feel that first, you need to be a role model, on so many levels! I created Healthy Hippo, which is just one of nine of the Characters of Character when I worked at an elementary school. This character came to life during National Red Ribbon Week and promoted the phrase; SAY NO TO DRUGS. Still a believer that we need to teach our children at a young age about so many topics, one of which are healthy habits. If you have young children or work with young children, you’ll appreciate this book, Shape Up With Healthy Hippo which teaches shapes and colors, very easy and engaging and available at Amazon. 

If you’re looking for ideas to teach healthy habits, Healthy Hippo has a great Resource Book filled with templates, stories, coloring pages, journal ideas and activities to help you teach healthy habits to your children. Inside you’ll find the following sections:

  • Introducing Healthy Hippo
  • “I Am” book*
  • Stationary for the teacher
  • Exercise your mind!*
  • Healthy Foods
  • Being Healthy On A Rainy Day
  • Staying Fit At Home
  • Being Healthy Isn’t About Appearnace
  • Being Healthy With Family and Friends
  • Healthy Hippo Holding a Pencil
  • Various Worksheets
  • Incentives, Evaluations, and Notices Home
  • Journal Ideas & Writing Prompts

Our Bulletin Board and Poster Books engage the same themes to help teach children about healthy habits, and, an easy read is called “Let’s Be Healthy” starring Healthy HIppo available online and at Amazon. 

Teaching a child about healthy habits is an important topic. As we know, teaching a child at an early age allows them to grow into who they are, to build good character and to make better choices. They will fall, it’s our responsibility to pick them back up. I spent five years on the school reading team, was a teaching assistant for many, many years, taught preschool, and raised three adult children. I’ve taken my life lessons and put them into these characters, these books and hope that they become the voice in your childr’s life, too.

What is the old cliché’, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin, I feel these words are powerful and so very true to form.

 

First, teach a child about nutrition. It’s difficult at times to get a child or an adult to try new foods, make it fun, get creative, it may take some time, but, it’s worth it. Sneak in that spinach, or sprinkle on some wheat germ, my kids to this day will ask me what’s in the pizza dough! Why? Because when they were younger and I made the dough, I always added something healthy! My son used to think that fish sticks were cheese sticks, you just have to make it fun for them, they’ll try it and come to like it!

Second, take a walk, take the dog. Walking is the best exercise and it allows you to spend time with your family. You really do get in some good conversations, clears your mind and spirt,  and, there is nothing better than some fresh air. Remembr that your mind is as important as your body, take care of them.

Next, get to their level, your children want to spend time with you and the family. Be creative when you’re teaching them about values, like healthy habits, it’s really alright to be silly and add a fun spin to teaching, many times it’s how a child will remember. Make funny faces, laugh a lot, it’s good for your body, it’s good for your soul.

Our books are filled with ideas, templates and suggestions on how to teach and engage children in healthy habits. Healthy Hippo is even brushing his teeth on a page, you can copy this page and keep it in a space to use as a sticker chart. Teaching a child to have healthy habits is an important value, and let me remind you that they are watching yours, they listen to what you say, what you do and how you take care of yourself, be a role model and give them someone to look up to in good character. Spending time with children refreshes our being, brings much joy to our lives and their unconditional love and disposition can be a lesson for us all. That’s my opinion.

What is the old cliché’, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin,

 

Joni Downey,
Creator & Owner