𝙈𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜:
This Monday morning I'd like to introduce to you, 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐇𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐨! Healthy Hippo is one of the nine Characters of Character and teaches our children to have healthy habits.
"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." ~Aristotle
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬?
Healthy Habits are something that we do daily, such as brushing our teeth, making healthy food choices, to drink healthy liquids, to get plenty of rest for our body and our mind, getting plenty of exercise and fresh air, move your body and expand your mind.
𝐈𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡?
Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. Mental illness, especially depression, increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease and strokes. On the other hand, poor mental health can lead to poor physical health or harmful behaviors.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐚 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭?
In Lally's study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life — not 21 days.
𝐈𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡?
Youth mental health is worsening. 9.7% of youth in the U.S. have severe major depression, compared to 9.2% in last year’s dataset. This rate was highest among youth who identify as more than one race, at 12.4%.
Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing. In 2017-2018, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness, an increase of 1.5 million people over last year’s dataset.
Healthy Hippo is a relatable character to help reinforce and teach children healthy habits, simple ones, such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands and eating healthy.
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