Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Kids...
Healthy New Year's Resolutions
The following New Year tips are from the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Please feel free to use them in any print
or broadcast story, with appropriate attribution of source.
I will clean
up my toys and put them where they belong.
I will brush
my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before
eating.I won't tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones.
I will avoid
being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
I will talk
with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or when I'm scared.
I will be nice
to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
Kids, 5 to 12 years old
I will drink
reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at
I will put on
sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in
the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm
I will try to
find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag,
jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three
times a week!
I will always
wear a helmet when riding a bike.
I will wear my
seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a
booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to
join activities such as sports or games.
I will never
encourage or even watch bullying, and will join with others in telling bullies
give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or
telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to
someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
I will try to
talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
I promise to
follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.
Kids, 13 years old and older
I will try to
eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will
drink sodas only at special times.
I will take
care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and
amounts of foods.
I will choose
non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two
hours each day – at the most – on these activities. I promise to follow our
household rules for videogames and internet use.
I will help
out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working
with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
When I feel
angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with
the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about
my problem with a parent or friend.
with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I
When I notice
my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk
with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
I will be
careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with
respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will
expect to be treated the same way in return.
resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.
I agree not to
use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.