Kids and Family Health

Do it for you. And them.
You want what’s best for your family. You especially want to make sure your kids thrive.

Kids

Help your child learn good habits

Kid Wisdom offers games, recipes, and info to help your children develop healthy habits.

Other important routines include planning meals and snacks, and being kind to yourself and others.

Write down goals and action steps for yourself and keep track of how often you reach them.

Your children can do it, too!

5-2-1-0

Start your children on a healthier track with 5-2-1-0.

Every day, work towards:

  • 5 or more fruits and veggies
  • 2 hours or less of screen time
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity
  • 0 sugar-sweetened drinks

Encouraging smart food choices

Good nutrition is fundamental to healthy living.

Raising active kids

Being active helps you be healthier and stronger — and feel your best — at every age.

Want your family to be more active together?

  • In Portland, play in the streets during Sunday Parkways
  • Write down different activities on slips of paper and keep them in a “Get Up and Move” jar you can go to for ideas.
  • Check your area park and recreation districts for activities and events.
  • Try GoNoodle for lots of fun, short activities.
  • Follow @HealthyLivingNW on Twitter for suggestions to get out and about.

Encourage your kids’ schools to make physical activity a priority. Thriving Schools has some good tips and resources.

PowerPoint Presentation

Healthy Futures

Take conflict off the menu. Learn proven strategies for coping with difficult eaters in the “Healthy Futures” webinar. You’ll also learn how to make mealtime more pleasant and rewarding for your family.

Watch a recorded presentation now.

Health coaches can support your and your family’s wellness. Talk with them about coaching for your family.

Keeping baby healthy

Helping your newborn have the best start in life is essential. From breastfeeding and bathing to how to calm your newborn, ensuring best total health from day one is critical.

If you are a Kaiser Permanente Northwest member, choose a doctor for your baby.

Learn more about how to care for your newborn and yourself.

When your baby sends signals that she’s hungry or full, it’s important to respond promptly — and in a way that’s warm and loving. This is called “responsive feeding” — watch a video or read a handout about it. When your child is a little older, watch this video for tips about infant feeding and starting solid foods. You can also read these tips for introducing solids.

NEW! Parent Support Group for Thriving Families  Connect with other families as you navigate the first 6 months with baby. The group is free for Kaiser Permanente members, but preregistration is requested.

How do I help my teenager stay healthy?

Helping your child through the teenage years can be a daunting task. They’re growing up, their bodies are changing, and they’re more emotional about what you may consider to be the smallest things. This makes trying to keep their unique health needs on track is a tough, but manageable, job.

Learn more about how to guide your teenager to a healthy lifestyle.

Kids

Could a health coach help me?

Keeping your family on track with their health goals is important. And sometimes, you need a little help. A health coach can help you and your family work towards wellness goals, find new coping strategies, and keep on track.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s health coaching sessions for raising healthy kids and more.

Your prevention plan

Staying well by preventing or delaying disease is possible with kids’ health screenings and immunizations. Prevention plans can be tailored to every member of your family.

Learn more about preventive care services.