More and more school age children are overweight and obese. This is common knowledge these days and the two most obvious solutions are better food and better exercise.
What can you do? Here are some suggestions:
- Follow strict nutrition standards at home and insist on stricter nutrition standards at school. The newly revised National Nutrition Standards call for low fat, low salt, low sugar and limited frying of foods. These recommendations are coupled with increasing consumption of fresh fruits, grains, vegetables and WATER!
- Dramatically reduce or eliminate the availability of junk foods like soda, candy, chips and other processed foods.
- Increase the activity levels of your children both at school and at home by insisting on healthy gym and recess activities and, here’s novel idea from yesteryear…encourage your children to go out and play after school instead of sitting in front of a computer or TV.
- Encourage family meals that are healthy and family excursions that have lots of healthful activities…like playing ball instead of watching others play ball.
It’s common sense…not rocket science!
So, eat better and exercise…likely easier said than done but think about this. If everything in life has both an easy part and a hard part…taking the easy road early in life is likely to lead to hard times and hard decisions later in life. On the other hand, making hard choices (healthy) early in life is likely to lead to a much easier and healthier life later on. Good nutrition and proper exercise can help you prevent illness and achieve better overall health and well-being.
Lack of exercise has been associated with anxiety and depression syndromes, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
According to Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic, “I would argue that physical inactivity is the root cause of many of the common problems that we have.”