This got me thinking as I plan for my thesis, what can I do about this? Where does the problem start? Is it the parents, schools, kids? Okay I doubt the 3rd, I actually think the problem stems from societal norms and until we slowly change these then this will never improve. Can we teach kids healthy habits in hopes of these rubbing off on parents? That is my hope, what kind of education can I implement at a young age to improve the kids' (and their family's) health? I am in the process of working with her pre-school to implement a healthy living program with nutrition and exercise talks aimed at the kids.
I get one of two responses about my daughter and how she eats: 1) you have taught her well or 2) why do you deprive her of the food she deserves? The answer to that, no I don't deprive her she has treats but they are treats: not a bribe- M&Ms to take a nap, cookies to go shopping, or as a pre-dinner/lunch snack- bag of skittle after morning class or midway through a game- suckers at dance.
As parents we need to provide the examples, show our kids what healthy eating and exercise is and hope they enjoy it too. I am lucky that I have done the right thing and she loves it: asks for veggies and fruit, loves to run around and be active, asks to "play gym" last night I was being taught gymnastics! Luckily no injury resulted and I was surprised to realize I can still do a back bend!
Advice for healthy kids
- Have healthy options available for everyone, I keep dried fruit and healthy granola bars for emergency snacks in the car
- Let kids help in the kitchen
- Talk about how food makes us healthy
- Show kids the joy of exercise and get them involved - no I'm not talking competitive, but fun sports
- Let kids get out and play!
- Make it fun! Don't force exercise, remember the days when we played outside all day and had fun nit realizing we were actually getting exercise, let's bring that back!
- Allow treats but as a treat- at holidays she picks out 1 or 2 things (with our help) and gets these, she loves dark chocolate, but could do without suckers.
How do you help keep your kids healthy? Do you feel like the minority in this?
While we are talking about healthy families, take a second to help us win a family fitness contest. Go here and like the photo. Easy, right?
Finally We have some winners!
Congrats to everyone who completed Tack the Miles, the photos and stories were great...
Tackle the Miles
#629 - Angela @ Happy Fit Mama (Active Accessories On the Go Pouch)
#237 - Lauren @ The Unlikely Runners (Choice Organic Teas)
#473 - Shannon Wehby @ Flamingoz Girls Run (Fit Approach Pink Shoelaces)
#83 - Rebecca Pug @ Becca Run (Spright Cosmetics)
#586 Debbie Harris @ Healthy Running Mom (Spright Cosmetics)
#321 Danielle K @ Lean Green Mama (Spright Cosmetics)
#145 Nicole Vandesteeg @ For My Tummy (Spright Cosmetics)
#558 - Travel Spot (Flexline Hydration Pack)
#168 - Andrea @ From Florida To North Dakota (Energy Bits)
#367 - Rachelle @ Livin the Sweat Life (Flexline Hydration Pack)
#37 - Tami Grand @ Journey to a Healthy Life (Fit Approach Pink Shoelaces)
#502 - Lynette Berger @ Solid Rock Fitness (Mediterranean Snacks)
#621 - Andrea Mahan (Active Accessories Hair Bands)
If you have won, contact Jill or I (firstname.lastname@example.org) with prize won, name, email and address before Sunday 24th 8am
Don't forget about the Skirt Chaser 5K giveaway that ends this weekend.