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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy Even When You Struggle With Money

Parents who struggle financially often worry that they aren’t able to keep their kids healthy due to their limited resources. While raising children on a budget is always a challenge, there are some good ways to ensure your kids stay healthy without breaking the bank. Here are four of the best strategies for keeping your children healthy if you’re struggling financially.

Build Healthy Eating Habits Early

Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Frozen vegetables, grilled chicken, rice, potatoes, canned fish and beans are just a few of the many healthy food options that you can buy very inexpensively at any grocery store. Be sure to keep your kids’ meals free of overly processed foods and added sugars. The earlier you start teaching your kids healthy eating habits, the more likely they are to last into adulthood.

Stress the Importance of Outdoor Exercise

Just like adults, kids need plenty of fresh air and exercise to remain in optimal health. Get in the habit of going for walks or playing outdoors as a family. As long as you can make it to the park a few times a week or go out for an evening walk with your kids, you’ll be able to get them plenty of exercise without spending a penny.

Take Advantage of Medicaid

Of course, a good diet and exercise habits won’t prevent your kids from getting sick. State programs and the federal Medicaid program provide financial assistance to help low-income families with their medical expenses. If you can find a Medicaid doctor and a Medicaid dentist, you’ll be able to cover most of your medical costs through federal and state assistance.

Get Checkups at Free Clinics

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a clinic that offers free checkups for children and teens. While they may not be the best choice for all situations, free clinics are great for getting checkups and basic medical care if you’re operating on limited income. These clinics may even provide the same services for adults, allowing you to access basic medical services for yourself as well.

By following these four basic guidelines, you can keep your children healthy without breaking the bank on doctor’s visits or medical insurance. While raising a healthy family when you’re struggling financially can be difficult, there are plenty of low-cost healthcare options and healthy habits you can adopt to make it a bit less of a challenge.

Tim Esterdahl

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