Resolutions for cancer survivors: Kid stuff!

The older we get, the more concerned we become with self-improvement and new year’s resolutions. Kids seem to remain blissfully free from the pressure to make major changes in a new year. We adults might have something to learn from them. How about: less stress… more fun!

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these new year’s resolutions for children. Try these on the cancer survivor mannequin. I think they work! Consider these simple resolutions to help all you kids live healthier, happier life…and all good wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2011!

I will drink lots of water, and limit soda and fruit drinks.

I will eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day.

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 take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition.

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 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 someone I trust 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.

and, lest we forget….

I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.

I’m shooting for them all, but looking forward to more dancing and bike-riding! What in the name of positive change will the kid in you do in 2011?

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