Often people’s experience of home when they were young impacts significantly on their lifestyle choices in adult life; this may relate to their diet, how much they exercise and whether they drink or smoke. Research suggests that children who are exposed to a varied diet at a young age are more likely to have a healthy and well-balanced diet in adulthood, while those who regularly spend time outdoors or participating in activities such as sports are more likely to have a stable weight and greater self-confidence.

Exercise and healthy eating should be integral parts of family life; this can be achieved by doing activities such as walking and cooking as a family. Parents who smoke or drink excessively should be aware of the dangers related to these actions; passive smoking can cause respiratory problems while alcoholism can often lead to family relationships being neglected in favour of drinking.

Having a high level of personal hygiene is extremely important for good health; poor hygiene can lead to infections. It is recommended that you wash on a daily basis, as well as keeping the home you live in tidy and clean and regularly washing your clothes.

Keep it clean

In terms of the actual structure of a home, it is important to keep your home as clean as possible; dust, mould and bacteria can build up if left alone, which can contribute to respiratory illnesses and infections. Homes should be regularly checked for the presence of carbon monoxide and smoke alarms should be fitted and regularly tested. If there are pets in the house you should make extra efforts to keep the house clean, particularly if there are children or vulnerable people living in the house.