Alison Sweeney’s Secrets to Raising a Healthy Family

healthy familyFitness advocate, actress and author, Alison Sweeney is one of our favorite celeb moms. She’s real. She has a healthy positive body image. And she gets what it’s like to feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders with a never-ending to-do list that pulls you in a million directions at once (hint: mama, it’s okay to take a break … in fact, it’s essential). And she’s also one of those mamas who is dedicated to raising a healthy family — both by example and by making it, well, a family affair.

We got a chance to chat with Alison as part of a campaign U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is doing on healthy changes, and here’s what she had to say about her best healthy family tips!

Q&A With Alison Sweeney

How do you include your kiddos in your healthy goals? My family now cooks together. When Ben and Megan help prepare their own snacks or meals, they become much more curious about what they’re eating and as a result are more willing to try new foods. For example, we tried these awesome turkey burgers with blueberry ketchup that they were skeptical about, but absolutely loved, and now they can’t wait to find more interesting and unexpected ways to incorporate blueberries into their meals.

Do they have any healthy goals of their own? They don’t have healthy goals, they just know to live a healthy lifestyle. We keep fresh fruits and veggies out on the table for everyone to snack on. We’re taking the stairs and skipping the elevator, just those little things that add up without making any big lifestyle changes.

How do you stay motivated to be healthy — besides just encouraging your family and fans to do so, too? There’s no one huge motivator for me; it’s a little bit of everything. A recent U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council poll showed that 57 percent of us think accomplishing our healthy goals is easier when we include our spouse and 42 percent said the same for their children, and honestly I have to agree. Doing things together makes it feel less like exercise and more like fun. I’m also just a naturally active person. I can never sit still so getting in a little “me” time at the gym or a new yoga class helps me decompress and stay positive. I know when I’m feeling healthier I’m in a better mood around the family and that’s what keeps me inspired to work out before or after a long day.

A big thanks to Alison for the interview and tips! Be sure to head on over to FBG today where Alison is also sharing what her personal healthy goals are and the big “why” behind them. —Jenn

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