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No More Diets!


HOW TO START A HABIT

1.    Decide. Which food or exercise change is right for your child and family? Choose something easy! Your most important goal right
now is to succeed. See our Suggested List of Habits for some ideas to get you started.

2.    Plan. In order to turn any new change into a new habit, think it through carefully and develop a detailed plan. The more details the better! Fill in the Healthy Habit Plan form to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

3.    Review weekly. How things are going over time? Usually, something unexpected will happen or an obstacle will appear. At that point that too many people just give up. But don’t forget, you can usually find a solution when you try.

4.    Adjust. Do some problem solving to find solutions to obstacles. This will keep you on track!  

5.    The 6 week rule. It takes about 6 weeks to establish a new habit. Here's where you can use willpower to stick with it!

6.    Repeat. Once you’ve succeeded, pick your next new habit. Just repeat all these steps down the road to good health.

THE ALTERNATIVE TO WILLPOWER – HABITS!

Diets doesn't work because they rely on your willpower, which can never last for long. Parents know that HABITS are more reliable for the long run.  When it comes to teaching kids important behavior, like looking both ways before they cross the street, or brushing their teeth, we make sure it becomes a habit.
Habits are things we do almost without thinking and they can last a lifetime.

Develop three new health habits and you are on your way to much better health!

The Diabetes Families program, diaBeaters, will guide you start better health habits for your whole family.

HABITS I HAVE

 

One good health habit most of us have is brushing our teeth. See which habits you already have and which ones you need to add. Fill in this list and then be sure to add some of your own.

 

Habit

Have It

Want it

Need to get rid of it!

Brushing my teeth

 

 

 

Flossing my teeth

 

 

 

Going to bed on time

 

 

 

Drinking 8 glasses of water

 

 

 

Finishing my homework

 

 

 

Making time for hobbies

 

 

 

Taking my medications

 

 

 

Eating to stay healthy

 

 

 

Exercising

 

 

 

Making my bed

 

 

 

Doing my chores

 

 

 

Biting my nails

 

 

 

Other habits I have:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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