Healthy LifeStyle in Children

Healthy LifeStyle in Children

Published on: October 29, 2022 Nayana Ann Mathew | ECARE Faculty, M.B.B.S student, Zaporhyzia State medical University, Ukraine


In this fast pace of our daily lives, we often neglect our health and the health of our children. Being concerned only about their school fees and future will not make you a responsible parent. It is your responsibility to ensure their physical and mental well-being. Wouldn't it be better if we could give some time for this? Ultimately, we are doing all we can to make them cheerful and joyful.

The principles that will guide the development of a vibrant generation


Water plays an essential role in the proper functioning of our body systems. Maintaining a healthy level of hydration can benefit mood, memory, and concentration. It also helps in the circulation of blood and the maintenance of a healthy weight throughout childhood and adulthood.

Some useful tips and tricks

  • Present them with attractive cups or bottles in their favorite color.
  • The flavour of the drink can be enhanced by adding lemons, oranges, berries, etc.
  • Try playing a fun game
  • Exercise and participate in other activities.
  • Serve soups and liquid-rich foods.

Dietary Habits:

Everyone enjoys delicious, spicy-sizzling junk food. Increasingly, we consume canned, prepackaged, and processed foods for the sake of convenience. To relieve ourselves from our daily busy schedules, we consume more of these foods throughout the day and at night. These items have an adverse effect on our organs and systems. This results in diseases, mental distress, obesity, as well as inadequate growth and development. 

Important nutrients that should be involved in meals:

Proteins Pulses,soybeans,egg,fish,meat,beans,peas
Carbohydrate Potato,rice,bread,cereals,pasta,
Vitamin A Carrot,spinach,eggyolk,fruits,butter
Fats Milk,cheese,nuts,fish,egg
Calcium Milk,oysters,green leafy vegetables
Fibers Fruits,seeds,nuts,vegetables
Vitamin C Lemon,orange,tomatoes,spinach
Vitamin D Sunlight,milk,egg
Sodium and Potassium Salt, yogurt
Iron Cereals,pulses,meat and green leafy vegetables.

It is always recommended that children who spend a significant amount of time indoors receive Vitamin D or exposure to sunlight, as well as calcium supplements. Iodine, folic acid and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K are important nutrients for children, especially teenagers.

Here's some ways to make out:

  • Grinding vegetables and forming them into various funny shapes.
  • Tricking children by using soybeans chunks in non veg recipes.
  • Cutting fruits into various shapes.
  • Preparing fruit smoothies.

Providing physical and mental health care

Physical fitness keeps one active throughout the day and contributes to a positive outlook on life. Increasing the blood flow and oxygen level in the body improves brain function. This makes one feel more confident about their body shape and protects against chronic diseases in the future. Walking, jogging, bicycling, climbing stairs, swimming, and dancing are examples of certain activities.

A lack of enough sleep can lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, and stress.
Meditation helps a child to concentrate and focus, enhances his/her thinking and creativity skills, increases self-awareness and develops self-esteem.

Keeping it simple:

  • Maintain competitions and prizes for winning
  • Praise the performance of your child.
  • Establish rules for assigning alternate sit-ups, active play, and free play periods.
  • Engage in more adventure, fantasy, hunting and gathering activities
  • Using their favorite characters to teach different games.

Sustainable development requires environmental health

There is no doubt that parents are the most influential role models for children in every way. It is evident from one's actions and words how one grows up. In order for a generation to be desirable, parents should set a positive example. Poor parenting style can lead to negative outcomes such as tension, losing focus, aggression, and confusion in children, leading to a variety of negative outcomes.

As a conclusion:

  • Keep them motivated and increase their self-confidence by motivating them.
  • Don't yell or shout at them. Make sure you establish a healthy relationship with them.
  • Incorporate stories, films, and videos into the teaching of moral values.
  • The students should be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as plantation work, music, and so on.
  • Don't forget to spend time with your children.
Nayana Ann Mathew
ECARE Faculty, M.B.B.S student, Zaporhyzia State medical University, Ukraine