Friday, January 30, 2009
get your kiddies moving!
As I have been preparing to speak to a youth group about the importance of health and exercise I've been reviewing statistics about childhood obesity, and it really is shocking. In the United States 1 in 3 kids are considered overweight or obese. 1 in 3!!! The saddest part about that...it's almost a given that these overweight kids will grow into overweight adults. I've studied several cases involving overweight children and the parents health and activity level has a lot to do with the child's health and activity level. Hence; sedentary parents often times produce sedentary children. My plead? Get your kids active!! Make it fun. They don't have to be "exercising" just moving. 43% of adolescents watch more than 2 hours of TV per day. Turn of the tube and get those kids outside, take them roller skating, go sledding, go for a bike-ride, have a dance contest...do SOMETHING. Getting them into the habit of being active now will benefit them immensely in the future. Introduce healthy foods to them. Most importantly...be an example. Be an example of healthy eating, exercise, and taking care of your body. A great family activity is looking over the Food Guide pyramid. Explain the different areas, and the newly added exercise portion. CLICK HERE for a link to Mypyramid.gov, a great, kid-friendly, informative website. Be a part of stopping this growing obesity epidemic that is killing America, one french fry at a time!