Children's Health: Healthy Habits at Home
Guest: Janet Carter – Dietetic Services, MUSC
Host: Dr. Linda Austin – Psychiatrist, MUSC
Dr. Linda Austin: I’m Dr. Linda Austin. Your child’s health habits begin at home. Janet Carter, Registered Dietician at MUSC Children’s Hospital, offers some tips.
Janet Carter: The best thing that parents can do for their kids is to be a good role model. Show your kids that you enjoy eating healthy, that it’s good for your body, and then the kids will really want to emulate that.
Dr. Linda Austin: Healthy living should be part of daily family life.
Janet Carter: Families should really do their physical activity and their healthy eating together: eating dinner at the table, going out for a walk. It really makes it much more enjoyable.
Dr. Linda Austin: Don’t be afraid to set clear guidelines for your children.
Janet Carter: The Children need to ask for permission to eat, or go into the refrigerator and get food. These younger children, 5 and six, and seven years old, they should be asking their mom, or dad, if they can have something before they go and get it.
Dr. Linda Austin: In other words, health starts at home.
For more information, visit www.muschealth.com/children. This is brought to you by MUSC Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s department stores. Remember, Kohl’s cares for kids.