Helping Teens Build a Healthy Body Image

We love this story about Dawn Larkin-Wallace, a mother of three in Baldwin, New York, who took up running as a way to bond with and motivate her family to adopt healthy habits. Read about how Larkin-Wallace made healthy living a lifestyle for this family, and not just a fad.

They explain the difficulty in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices when young people are flooded with images of what they are “supposed to” look like. As a parent, you influence your child more than you know! We love that the author of this article encourages parents to stop talking about appearance and focus more on healthy eating and exercise. Another tip for helping your child maintain a healthy body image is to compliment them on things other than their physical appearance. Read the article for some examples of this!