By: Elena Stewart
There's no denying that technology is a big part of our lives. And while it can be easy to get lost in our screens, there are actually ways we can use technology to improve our health and well-being, including teaching our kids healthy habits. To help, TickTalk has put together the following guidelines for parents on how to use technology to help their kids develop healthy habits.
Get a kid's smartwatch or fitness tracker
Taking care of your kid's physical health and activity levels can be tricky in the digital age. Kids these days spend a lot of time with screens, so it's important to find ways to keep them active. One great way to do this is to get your kids a smartwatch or fitness tracker. TickTalk makes a fantastic option- the TickTalk 4 4G/LTE smartwatch is perfect for active kids. It has GPS tracking, two-way calling, messaging, video calling, , as well as an activity tracker for tracking steps.
Thanks to its strong parental control choices, you can be sure your kids aren't overdoing it with their daily screen time while still getting in plenty of physical activity. A fitness tracker or smartwatch won't just help encourage healthy behavior; it will also give your kids an easy way to stay connected with family and friends!
Encourage plenty of physical activity
As parents, we understand the importance of physical activity for our kids. Exercise helps to build strong bodies and healthy minds, but it can also be a great way to have fun and connect as a family. A great way to encourage your children's physical activity is to make time each day for some family fun. It doesn't have to be an elaborate event. Something as simple as an afternoon walk or bike ride can do wonders for everyone's mental and physical health.
When the weather is uncooperative, you can actually use screen time to help your kids get their daily exercise. Online fitness videos can be a fun and engaging way for the whole family to get moving, and there are tons of videos for kids to try different types of exercise, from body weight to HIIT to yoga. This can be especially helpful for kids who don't enjoy traditional forms of exercise and are looking to find a new way to move.
Nutrition and health apps for parents
There are a multitude of nutrition and health apps available for parents. These apps can be a great way to teach our children about healthy eating habits and staying active.
One of our favorite nutrition and health apps is My Plate Kids' Edition by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This app is packed with information for parents on healthy eating, including tips on how to read food labels, make healthy choices when dining out, and more.
Fooducate Kids is another great app for helping parents teach their kids about nutrition. Parents can scan the barcodes of common foods to get instant feedback on the nutritional content. Fooducate Kids also includes educational articles, recipes, and challenges to help our kids make healthy choices every day.
It's important to get your kids active and eating healthy so that they can grow up to be strong and healthy adults. By setting aside time each day for family fun, you can encourage your kids to participate in physical activity, and by explaining the importance of staying hydrated and eating healthy foods, you can help them make good choices when it comes to their diet. With a little bit of effort, you can help your kids stay on the path to a healthy lifestyle.
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