Just because COVID-19 is (hopefully) winding down, that doesn’t mean that you and your family should go back to living an unhealthy life.

It’s time to start taking your health and your family’s health much more seriously this year!

Make sure you have quality insurance

It’s a scary thing to think about, but you need to have a legitimate insurance policy just in case anything ever goes wrong.

In 2018, some 14.1 million Americans owned a Medicare Supplement insurance policy.

Making sure that your family will be protected and financially secure after you’re gone is crucial. Don’t just jump on the first insurance offer you find, either. Spend some time and do some research beforehand to ensure that your family will be taken care of in the future — no matter what.

Build a relationship with a family doctor

Roughly 93% of children have seen a doctor in the last year. Most children don’t exactly enjoy going to the doctor, and that’s okay. But do your best to make this experience a fun one early on so they don’t have a lifelong fear of seeking out professional medical attention.

Your kids’ health is paramount, yes, but you cannot neglect your own physical and mental health. Make sure you’re regularly seeing a family physician so you can stay on top of your health, as well.

Start eating healthier as a family

There are far too many American families that eat nothing but fast food, sugary snacks, and other unhealthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This has to stop. An unhealthy diet can ruin a family’s life over time. It starts with you.

Start planning out your weekly shopping trips instead of just winging it at the grocery store. There are so many unhealthy foods that are advertised throughout grocery stores, but you have to fight the urge to purchase these items and opt for healthier options. The first few weeks will seem weird and will be difficult to get your kid to try new healthier foods. But after a little consistency and determination, you and your family will start eating much healthier and subsequently feeling much, much healthier.

Don’t neglect your children’s dental health

During the pandemic, visits to the dentist were few and far between. Makes sense. Now that’s it is winding down, however, it’s imperative that you get your entire family into the dentist to ensure their teeth are healthy and strong. Today, some 4 million Americans are wearing braces, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dental problems might start off as small annoyances, but can rapidly grow into painful, serious issues. Nip these in the bud as soon as possible by staying in regular contact with an experienced and compassionate dentist.

Find ways to be more active as a family

Hopefully, even though you were cooped up inside for months, you and your family were able to at least get some regular exercise. You can’t exactly go to the gym right now, but there are plenty of ways you and your family can get outside, get active, and get healthy!

Try to get between 30 and 60 minutes of physical activity each day — even if that means just chasing your kids around in the back yard. You can get as creative as you want, though. Play tag, use your imagination, or start having weekly sporting competitions!

Of course, you’ll need to maintain social distancing and focus on your hygiene over the next few weeks, months, and years. But your whole family will be able to thrive for many years to come if you eat right, pay attention to dental issues, get regular activity, and you’re adequately insured.

Get out, get active, and stay healthy! Good luck!