Creating A Healthy Home Environment
The home is where the heart is and also where the health is! As you take steps to optimize your health, it is important to consider the time you spend in your home. Let’s take a closer look at aspects of our home environment:
- Kitchen: Take an inventory of your refrigerator and pantry. Is it stocked with foods that promote your health such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts and beans? How much of the food there is processed and/or high in sugar?
- Living room/family room: Identify if you are promoting social activities or if your living space is centered around a sedentary activity such as television. What adjustments could you make to encourage socializing with others or being more active?
- Dining room: Take a look at your main space for eating meals. Is your kitchen table clear and inviting for meal time? Does it encourage conversation during meals or does it face distractions such as the television?
- Bedroom: These are places for rest and relaxation to get you ready for the next day. Is the environment soothing and quiet with low lights? Is your bedroom device free?
- Outdoor space: Finding ways to promote outdoor time can be a great way to get more healthy. Do you have activities available such as a basketball hoop, croquet set, playground or jump ropes? Is there space to run or do activities?
Taking a look at where you and your family spend most of your time and making some small adjustments to encourage health and wellness can make a big difference!