Fitting Healthy Eating Habits and Physical Activity Into a Child’s Lifestyle
By Dr. Nina C. Franklin on October 29, 2012
This week I received a question on practical ways parents could implement healthy eating and physical activity into their children’s “busy school lifestyle”. I decided to bypass the quick answer and instead dig a little deeper and produce a blog on the topic.
It is well understood that children need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active everyday in order to grow, learn, and develop. Healthy foods give children the energy they need on a daily basis as well as the vitamins and minerals that help their bodies and minds to develop and mature. Physical activity reduces the risk of obesity and chronic diseases during childhood (and adulthood) and aids in healthy growth and development of the cardiorespiratory system as well as well as the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles).
Fitting healthy eating habits and physical activity into the lifestyles of children is much easier than you might think but it is highly dependent on your efforts as a parent. The fact of the matter is that when you serve as good role models your children are more likely to follow your lead. This can be done by simply keeping the junk food and fast food out of the house, cooking nutritious meals and promoting daily physical activity among everyone in the household (i.e. indoor or outdoor housework, walking or jogging to the park, leisure time sports, etc.).
Here are some tips for implementing both healthy eating habits and physical activity into your children’s busy lifestyle:
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.