What do you do to keep your family healthy and happy during the winter?

. January 9, 2014.
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Judith Burt and her children, Marty, 7, and Charlie, 12

Q: What do you do during the winter to keep your child from getting sick?

“I use Emergen-C—it’s a combination of zinc and Vitamin C. It boosts the immune system. When I see them start to get sick, I give them a teaspoon of Elderberry Juice every morning before school. It is natural and it helps to boost the immune system. When they start getting the sniffles, I cut down on their milk intake.”

 

 

 

 

Shawna Springer and children, Olivia, 1, Padma, 6, and Makayla, 11

Q: How do you get your kids to eat healthy?

“I get them healthy snacks such as: applesauce cups and fruit cups. They don’t drink soda at all. They do drink juice and Kool-Aid, but I limit them to one cup a day. The rest of the day they drink water. A great way to keep my kids drinking water is getting them a water bottle of their choice. They tend to drink water if it’s in a bottle; they say ‘it tastes better.’ I don’t argue with them because I win in the end.”

 

 

 

 

Veronica Terry and her son, Gabriel, 5

Q: What do you do during the winter to keep your child from getting sick?

“He gets a flu shot every winter. It keeps him from getting really sick. He still gets colds, but nothing major.”

Q: How do you get your child to eat healthy?

“There’s a rule in my house—my child has at least one vegetable with every meal that he has to eat before he gets up from the table. He used to fight it, but now accepts it. Also, I’m a fan of moderation. I let him have French fries and chicken nuggets, but he doesn’t have it every day.”

 

 

 

Emily Porter and her son, James, 6

Q: What do you do during the winter to keep your child from getting sick?

“I do stock up on orange juice when it starts to get colder—to keep up the Vitamin C as opposed to getting the flu vaccine. I don’t want to pump his system with a flu vaccine, when he most likely won’t get it in the first place. If we eat right and take good care of our bodies, our immune system will do that work on its own.”

Q: How do you get your child to eat healthy?

“I don’t buy any sweets. And if I do, I make sure it remains a treat—it’s not every day that he eats sweets. He prefers fruits over candy—that helps, but that’s because I introduced it to him when he was young.”