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I want my children to be active and healthy. What parent doesn’t want this for their children?
However, here are some startling statistics that the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition gathered together:
Only one in three children are physically active every day.
Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, videogames, computer).
Data from 2009-2010 indicates that about 12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.
Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.
Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of total daily calories for 2–18 year olds and half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.
I can blame my schools or my country for not having healthy, active children; but ultimately it is my responsibility to have children who learn healthy fitness habits as well as healthy eating habits.
What are some ways that you can encourage healthy habits for your children?
- Have snack guidelines for the household. In our household, we do eat junk food. We are not always munching on carrots. But moderation is the key. Our kids are not allowed to just go get a snack except for when they come home from school. Then they get one snack from our snack box. If I bake cookies, they eat one right then and maybe one after dinner, and then I freeze the rest.
- Make healthy foods a part of every meal. For lunch, a fruit is always consumed, and we have vegetables or a salad at every dinner.
- Model the healthy habits you want to see in your children. If I want my kids to exercise, then I must exercise too. I have not done too great on this lately. When it is warm, you can exercise as a family by riding bikes together or walking to a local park. We like to get out and play some family basketball at the hoop on our driveway!
- Limit your children’s time on devices or screen time. Have a rule about how much screen time they can have each day.
- In the summer time or when it is nice, make them go outside for a portion of each day. For some children, they need no urging; but others have to be encouraged.
- Enable your children to be on a sports team or partake in physical activities. Sign them up for a swimming class or a soccer team.
- Provide them with the proper tools to succeed at sports. For many sports, you may have to buy supportive shoes or other equipment.
- Give them healthy alternatives to junk food. My daughter just did track for the first time this past year. She is not large, and she was running sometimes three miles in the hot part of the day. We needed to make sure that she stayed hydrated! Of course, water is good; but drinks such as BODYARMOR are even better.
BODYARMOR has more potassium-packed electrolytes than any other sports drink, which a runner or athlete needs when they are doing strenuous exercise. It also has coconut water and vitamins and contains nothing artificial (unlike other sports drinks on the market). I did not know about this drink last season when Kaylin was running, and the coach of the track team had bought another leading sport’s drink, but he had accidentally bought one that was high in sugar. This drink is much better.
This drink has been the sports drink of choice by many professional athletes. In fact, Rob Gronkowski talked about it when he talked to Jimmy Kimmel right after the Super Bowl. He is a BODYARMOR SuperDrink guy, and he is a partner/investor in the beverage brand. If you go 6:15 minutes into this YouTube video, you can here him talking about not having any alcohol on his travel bus and how he instead has BODYARMOR on the bus.
We were able to sample some of the BODYARMOR drinks, and they taste good as well!
If you would like to try them out, my readers can get a coupon HERE for $1 off 2 bottles.
In my area, Target and Jewel carry the product!
What are some ways that you encourage your children to live a healthy and active lifestyle?