To keep yourself healthy, it's important to have both a balanced diet and a steady exercise routine. Your health choices begin at home, and the values and habits you instill in your children when it comes to food and physical activity will influence how they act in the future.

If you want your family to live a healthy lifestyle, here are 12 guidelines you can use for regulating your family's food intake and promoting good exercise habits. You can also teach your kids about these tips so that they can apply what they learn from you while they're in school or when they're out with friends.


Want more tips for promoting a healthy lifestyle at home? Try these:

(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Health First! section as "Is Your Family Healthy?" in October 2003; flashbox photo by micmol via Flickr Creative Commons; adapted for use in Female Network)

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