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Fitness habit or overeating habit?

Things we do as we're spending more time at home may become long-term habits. They can be good habits – or bad habits that will be hard to break later. 

Times of stress and uncertainty can lead to poor choices.

Take time to take care of yourself.

Reading habit or drinking habit?

Check in with yourself:

  • Am I eating more often?
  • What kinds of foods am I eating?
  • Am I exercising? As often?
  • Am I spending quality time with
    my family?
  • Am I spending too much time online?
  • Am I drinking alcohol more? 
  • Am I vaping? More? Around others?
Walking habit or smoking habit?

What habits can I develop?

  • Can I start exercising?
  • Can I start reading a book?
  • Can I start a family game night?
  • Can I learn new recipes?
  • Can I take a daily walk?
  • Can I check in on a friend by phone?


Mindfulness habit or vaping habit?

If you or someone you care about are developing unhealthy habits, here are some resources to check out:

Tips for Talking With Your Kids

While at home,
we're building habits.

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Share with someone you care about:

While at home together, take time to talk with your children about healthy choices.

Tips for talking with your kids about vaping, drugs and alcohol:

Remember: Parents are the #1 reason that kids choose not to use drugs

Start young and make talking about it a regular habit. 

Start the conversation in ways your child can relate to. Comment on media stories and popular culture news. Frame it as a health issue. 

Be patient. 

Find the right times for relaxed conversations that won't be interrupted. Try talking while driving, walking the dog or cooking together.

Ask open ended questions, not intrusive or blaming. "What would you do if a friend offered you...?" Focus on 'what if' questions and what they could say or do.

Be clear about your expectations for them to make healthy choices.

Be informed and answer questions. See the Resources above.