New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: You make New Years resolutions, but do your children? Learn how you can help them make healthy, smart and attainable goals for the new year.
Air Date: 12/18/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
New Year’s Resolutions for Kids
Every year you make resolutions to quit smoking, lose weight, get more exercise, etc., etc.

But do you ever think about your kids making resolutions as well?

It may seem like more of an adult mentality, but children can make resolutions that will give them something to shoot and strive for.

Healthy and attainable goals are something that kids can utilize to make positive changes in their lives.

Whether the child is a toddler or a teen, they can look to the future and say to themselves, "I can do it!"

For instance, "I can go to bed better, study harder, stop throwing tantrums..." You get the idea.

Dr. Corinn Cross, MD discusses how helping your children make resolutions can be rewarding and fun for you both.
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