Six Ways to Teach Healthy Habits with Elf on the Shelf

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Six Ways to Teach Healthy Habits with Elf on the Shelf

13, December 2013 11:13 AM


Six Ways to Teach Healthy Habits with Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf seems to be equally loved and detested by parents during the month of December. Loved for bringing the fun and spirit of Christmas magic and detested because it's hard to keep up with the Elf's adventures every day. Here are some ideas to consider that teach healthy habits while solving the midnight dilemma of what to do with the Elf. If you catch your elf doing something healthy, tag an image on any social media channel with #HealthyElf to be added to our Pinterest board.

1. Encourage your kids to pack their lunch or snack.

If you are hoping the kids will start helping or remember to pack their own lunch and snack, use Elf on the Shelf to reinforce the importance of packing the right foods or packing the night before.

2. Playtime is important even when it's cold.

Whether indoors or out, the Elf can come up with several ideas to keep the whole family moving. 

3. Fight off flu and cold season.

Washing hands regularly is always a great idea. If your Elf delivers these hand sanitizers as a little present, they can be added to a backpack for convenience. 

4. Buckle up!

This one is a given for healthy habits, but if your kids like to run all over the house looking to see where the elf landed, imagine the surprise it will be to find him tucked safely into the car!


5. Plan on #BetterDays.

Powering up with breakfast is important – it keeps elves and kids full of energy and ready to learn. 

6. Balance your meals and snacks.

Contrary to popular belief, elves need more than sugar to sustain those long flights to the North Pole, so they strive to eat a well-balanced diet from all five food groups – even during parties!

There are other popular Elf activities that will help you reinforce healthy habits with your kids – from wearing sunscreen to brushing teeth. Follow the adventures of HealthyElf, and if you catch your elf doing something healthy, tag an image on any social media channel with #HealthyElf to be added to our Pinterest board

Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season! 




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2 Comments


  • Kitty Hayes 5 years 275 days ago
    What great ideas. Thanks.

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  • Lucy Babb 5 years 276 days ago
    I love the fact that you have ideas that engage children to start living and eating a healthy lifestyle. The resources for parents are very helpful. Thanks for the awesome program through the Dairy Council and it's availability. Mrs. Babb

    Reply

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