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7 Healthy Habits For You and Your Family to Embrace This New Year




The brand-new start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals for adopting healthier habits. Most people have their own personal resolutions to tackle at the beginning of the new year. However, setting goals together as a family can be good as well.

New year’s resolutions easily fall by the wayside. While you may start out with a strong resolve to stick to your goals, time and lack of support often lead to neglecting what was vowed important on January first. Setting goals as a family adds accountability for everyone involved.

The new year can mean taking steps to be healthier as a family, and this is always a positive change. From being more active to reducing screen time, here’s a list of healthy habits for your family to embrace this new year.

1. Create a Reasonable Limit on Screen Time

From social media and games to email and videos, screens fill a lot of time in the average family’s day-to-day life. Technology can be difficult to get away from. However, lowering dependency on phones and screens can be a healthy move for every member of the family. Less screen time means being more active and connecting more as a family.

Distracting kids from screen time can be especially challenging. However, opting for a kids phone that has limited functions, such as calls, texts, and camera-use only can help. This allows children to still have a phone for communication, but additional screen time will be easier to monitor.

2. Strive for Family Connections

As you move away from technological connections, you may find more time to reconnect with those you love. Keeping familial connections strong is exceptionally good for emotional well-being. So, for the new year, make a commitment as a family to spend more time with the most important people in life. Schedule time for things like family game night, visiting relatives, and even spending more time with friends.

3. Plan Meals Ahead

Advance meal planning makes it less likely that you and your family will be eating on the fly and possibly not as healthy as you should be. When you make a meal plan, get everyone on board. Discuss which meals each family member would like to see on the menu. Talk about ways to keep those meals as healthy as possible. The end result can be better-planned, healthier meals that everyone is pleased to sit down and eat.

4. Resolve to Give Sleep Priority Status

Lack of quality sleep can be detrimental to good health. Therefore, a resolution as simple as making sleep a priority is a huge step as a family. One way to do so is to follow a good bedtime routine. For example, make sure the last meal of the day is a few hours before bedtime. Likewise, put away all screens about an hour before bed so there is no risk of difficulty sleeping due to blue light exposure.

5. Spend More Time Outdoors

Spending time outdoors offers a host of advantages. Fresh air intake, time away from technology, and vitamin D from sunlight are just a few examples. As a family, decide what outdoor activities you could enjoy together. Then, make it a point to add these activities to the family schedule at least once a week or more if time permits.

6. Get Proactive About Preventative Health Care

Preventative healthcare is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Forgoing or delaying appointments for things like annual checkups, dental hygiene visits, and pertinent diagnostic procedures is easy if you have no one holding you accountable. However, if you are looking out for one another to be attentive to preventative health, appointments are much less likely to be put off.

Hang a monthly calendar in a central location in the house. Schedule appointments in advance and make note of them on the calendar. As those days draw closer, each family member can encourage others to hold their commitments.

7. Work On Building Strength

Strength comes along with being more active and using your muscles more often. You don’t necessarily have to take up yoga or start weightlifting for the entire family to work on building up their muscles. Building strength may involve doing something as simple as using hand weights when watching TV or doing friendly jumping jack challenges.

Integrate a few micro workouts into your daily routine. Micro workouts are simply very short exercise stints that take only a minute or two to complete. The added activity does the body good. Plus, if the entire family sticks to the plan for the year, each person will come out a bit stronger and healthier.

Final Takeaways to Remember

New year’s resolutions may typically be a personal agenda, but family resolutions often prove more effective. With just a few changes, like limiting screen time, getting better sleep, or being more active, everyone may experience positive changes.

As you and your family enter into the new year, consider what small changes you can make as a group. Perhaps you may need to invest in phones for kids that help reduce screen time, rearrange your schedule, and make a few new plans. Yet, these small changes can make a huge difference for everyone involved.


Rosario is from New York and has worked with leading companies like Microsoft as a copy-writer in the past. Now he spends his time writing for readers of

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6 Reasons to Try Cannabis Edibles




Are you looking for a reason to try cannabis edibles? If you’re wondering if there are benefits to edibles that you can’t get with other forms of cannabis, the answer is yes. Here are some of the best reasons to try cannabis edibles.

  1. Some edibles are boosted

When you smoke cannabis flower, you’re only getting cannabis. That’s not a bad thing, but there are brands that sell edibles that have been boosted with other ingredients. For instance, you’ve probably seen capsules with added herbs to help you sleep – the same is true for edibles. 

One of the newer enhanced cannabis edibles are the Bits adaptogen-boosted edibles. These new cannabis edibles contain just 5mg of THC per Bit so you don’t overdo anything. Each flavor is packed with a unique blend of adaptogens like ashwagandha, reishi, elderflower, lemon balm, ginseng, guarana, and rose hip.

Why adaptogens? Adaptogens have been proven to have a positive impact on the central nervous system by decreasing sensitivity to stressors. In other words, adaptogens reduce stress and anxiety and contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing. When you consume cannabis edibles boosted by adaptogens, you’re going to feel more relaxed.

  1. Edibles provide precise and consistent dosing

One of the best reasons to try edibles is for precise and consistent dosing. When edibles are made, the cannabis is thoroughly and evenly mixed in, so each serving has the intended dosage when the final product is made. In addition, premium cannabis brands like Verano lab test each batch to ensure quality and consistency with all of their products, including cannabis edibles. 

When you smoke flower, you won’t always get the same amount of THC. It’s nearly impossible to know how much THC or CBD you’re getting from smoking flower. Even when you smoke the same strain in the same amount, the THC and other cannabinoids are distributed unevenly throughout each bud. 

If precise and consistent dosing is important to you, then edibles are going to be your favorite cannabis delivery method.

  1. Edibles are tasty

Edibles taste good, so why not try them? It’s just like eating a snack or a treat, but with a purpose. If you’ve avoided trying cannabis tinctures or oil because you don’t like the flavor, that’s understandable. Edibles are different because the taste of cannabis itself can be easily masked. 

Brands go out of their way to come up with recipes that taste good because they know some people don’t like the strong flavor of cannabis. Edibles like brownies, cookies, and chocolate bars usually just taste like any other cookie, brownie, or chocolate bar. Premium cannabis brands will also use quality ingredients to produce the best cannabis-infused gummies, hard candies, and baked goods.

  1. Edibles are easy to carry

If you want to carry your cannabis around discreetly, that’s easiest with edibles. They usually come in smaller packages that you can fit into a pocket or bag, and edibles are easy to eat without anyone suspecting you’re consuming cannabis.

When carrying edibles, be smart about where you bring them. Make sure you know where you can and can’t have them. If you’re headed to the airport of a government building, for example, you’ll want to leave your edibles at home. 

  1. The effects of edibles last for a long time

Smoking flower is great when you need relief quickly, but when you want the effects to last a long time, edibles are your best option. When you ingest cannabis, it takes longer for the effects to kick in, but those effects will last for a much longer time. You also don’t need to consume as much cannabis to get these long-lasting effects.

Everyone is different, and the timing depends on a multitude of factors like our metabolism and whether you’ve eaten or have an empty stomach. However, in general, it takes between 30 minutes and 4 hours to start feeling the effects of edibles. From there, the effects can last a few hours or even up to twelve hours. This is why many people take edibles before going to bed – getting that full impact while they sleep makes them wake up feeling incredibly rested.

  1. Edibles are a great alternative to smoking

Although smoking cannabis is probably the most popular consumption method, it’s not for everyone. Edibles won’t expose you to the potentially harmful effects of smoking. If you’ve been avoiding trying cannabis because you thought you had to smoke it, edibles are the perfect opportunity for you to try cannabis. 

Already familiar with edibles? Try something new

If you’ve been consuming cannabis edibles for a while, maybe it’s time to try something new. If you’ve always been into baked goods, branch out and try some beverages, chocolate bars, or even an adaptogen-boosted cannabis gummy for example. There are plenty of edibles to choose from so you can be sure you’ll find something new that you can enjoy.

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