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Health Starts at Home: 4 Tips for a Healthier, Happier Family

The responsibility of being the head of a house hold is making sure your family is taken care of. This includes insuring that they are protected financially and can live with a sense of security. This also means taking precautions to insure that your family remains healthy. While this may seem like a daunting task, it can be accomplished with a bit of work. Below are four things you can do to make sure your family remains healthy and happy.

Obtain the Right Health Insurance

Many people unfortunately go without seeing a doctor because medical expenses can be exorbitant. To protect against this, you need to purchase health insurance for you and your family to help pay for those bills. First, try to obtain your insurance through a health insurance marketplace set up through the Affordable Care Act. You are likely to obtain a significant discount. There are also many other insurance programs you can take advantage of such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid, Medicare and state funded health insurance programs.

Eye Health

You also need to insure that your family’s eyes are taken care of as well. Obtain vision coverage for your family. It usually needs to be obtained separately from regular health insurance coverage. Make sure all your family members receive a yearly check-up with an optometrist. Professionals, like those at All About Eyes, know that this will allow potential issues like glaucoma to be detected early so they can be treated. In addition to seeing an optometrist, insure that your family members receive the proper vitamins and nutrients important for good eye health in their diets.

Exercise

Your family also needs to exercise properly to remain healthy. Make sure your children remain active. Get them involved in sports and make sure they take physical education in school. Limit their time in front of the TV and their smart phones, and make sure they spend some time playing outdoors. For you and your spouse, consider creating a home gym to help you keep up on your exercise regimen.

Mental Health

A family’s mental health is also very important to the overall well being of family members. Make sure you don’t ignore the warning signs of depression in your family members. Consider professional counseling when necessary. This is especially the case for issues between couples since those can have an adverse affect on children as well.

Overall, a healthy family tends to be a much happier family. Make protecting your family’s health an absolute priority.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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