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List of healthy goals for kids- ideas by age group

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 by Maggie LaBarbera

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a guide of age appropriate healthy resolutions for kids.

This is great because sometimes it is hard to know what is a good goal for a younger child.  We want goals to be healthy and achievable.  And of course, we need to find ways to keep it fun.

This is list is good but it gives you an idea of the kinds of goals you can help your child set. For example, their first one is "I will clean up my toys".  That can also be:

  • I will walk with mommy and daddy after dinner.
  • I will eat one vegetable at dinner
  • I will have a glass of milk with breakfast
  • I will go to sleep at my bedtime
I think you get the idea.  Preschoolers need it to be very simple and clear.  So please use this list from the AAP as a guideline and you can customize it to the needs of your child.

Here is the list they came up with by age group:

Preschoolers I will clean up my toys. I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating. I won’t tease dogs – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

Kids, 5- to 12-years-old I will drink milk and water, and limit soda and fruit drinks. I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors.  I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports. I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week! I will always wear a helmet when bicycling. I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car.  I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt. I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet.  Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parent’s permission.

Kids, 13-years-old and up I will eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day, and I will limit the amount of soda I drink. I will take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition. I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities. I will help out in my community – through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need. I will wipe negative “self talk” (i.e. “I can’t do it” or “I’m so dumb”) out of my vocabulary, When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing my problem with a parent or friend. When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk with an adult about my choices. When I notice my friends are struggling or engaging in risky behaviors, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them. I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without coercion or violence. I will resist peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol. I agree not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

Related resources from our website: Setting healthy goals tips and printable tracking sheets:

Setting Goals as a family and keeping kids motivated

Setting Goals and Tracking Success Activity Page -free printable tracking sheets for teachers or parents to share with children

Free Printable Kids Healthy Goals Contracts Tracking Sheets





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