Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life puts quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our tips for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Working Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Dad Biking to WorkWorking Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Between getting the kids ready for school and yourself ready for work, and putting in 40 hours per week, and getting involved in all of your kids’ extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to find time to catch your breath, let alone work out. Getting regular exercise is key to good health, a good mood and a longer life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Working out offers a range of benefits, from weight loss and increased energy to a lowered risk of certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.

    Here are some workout tips to help include that all-important fitness into your schedule:

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  2. Breaking the Junk Food Addiction

    Teenage Boys Eating Junk FoodAn epidemic has been spreading among American children for more than 30 years: childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three children are overweight, and 18 percent of all children between ages 6 and 19 are classified as obese. A lack of physical activity is part of the problem, but access to junk food also plays a major role in weight gain.

    If your kids are hooked on empty-calorie or sugar-filled foods, there are some ways you can break unhealthy habits and set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle:

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  3. Health Tips for Moms

    woman-seating-outdoorsThis Mother’s Day, give your children the best gift of all by staying healthy for them.

    While family members ponder what gifts to give mom on Mother’s Day, let’s turn the tables and ponder what gift mom could give to her family. Her love, of course, but what about her own good health?

    So moms, as you soak in everyone’s love and gratitude this Mother’s Day, think about ways that you can be – and stay – healthy. It’s a gift that you’ll be giving yourself, as well as to your family.

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  4. Outdoor Activities for Families

    Family Hiking OutsidePerhaps you remember playing outside all day – building forts, making up games, and exploring the backyard or neighborhood park with your friends – until you were called in for dinner. During the last 20 years, what used to be a childhood reality has changed. Today’s children spend less than half as much time playing outdoors as they used to. That boils down to less than 10 minutes per day during the week and less than 30 minutes on weekends, according to research from the University of Michigan.

    It seems as if outdoor play time may have been overtaken by indoor screen time. The average child spends more than seven hours a day using electronic devices such as TVs, smart phones and computers. It’s time to take the family back outside. Here are five great ways to do it:

  5. Establishing an Emergency Contact List

    Emergency Room EntranceAn emergency contact list could prove life-saving when unexpected circumstances arise. No one plans to have an emergency, but every parent should plan for one. You may know to dial 9-1-1 during a serious medical emergency, but your mind may go blank attempting to dig up other emergency numbers during a highly stressful situation. When seconds matter, you’ll be glad that your emergency contact list is not only accessible, but also comprehensive.

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