Living well and healthy lives can’t just be something you talk about. It involves choices and discipline to keep those choices in place. If families want to be healthy they need to be proactive – but it’s hard though to know where to begin, especially if healthy choices haven’t been a priority.
For adults and children alike, healthy living is essential. Parents need to pave the way in modeling healthy eating and being active. Even if hasn’t been a habit in the past, it’s never too late to start! Ease in with small steps and goals that are easy attain. Be intentional about changing habits and find food and activities that the whole family will be on board with. This will set everyone up for success.
A good place to start is in your cupboards. Go through your fridge and pantry and take out sugar-sweetened drinks, fried foods and high calorie snacks. Not having them available will make getting healthy a lot easier. This is especially important if you or your children have diabetes. Encourage water consumption and healthy snacks. Making food fun isn’t hard, so get your kids involved in picking out good snacks and making new recipes together.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank. Plan ahead and make recipes that can stretch over into multiple meals. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season and buy foods in bulk when you can.
Healthy eating alone is not going to cut it. Limit TV time and other activities that keep your family sedentary. It’s recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This is a great time for the family to try out new sports, hiking trails or games together!
Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot specialists at Dallas Podiatry Works care about the health of their patients. If you or your child are experiencing foot pain or problems, please contact us today at (972) 566-7474 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 in Plano.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*