Childhood Obesity: What Can We Do About It?

By September 22, 2011 Nutrition, Whey Protein No Comments 1,425 views

Do you have an active family? Many Americans fall short on exercise, despite their best intentions. September 24 is Family Health & Fitness Day USA, which was created to promote family involvement in physical activity─one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. These tips can help:

Create the time

Making exercise a priority means carving out opportunities on a regular basis. Setting “family fitness appointments” can help busy parents, though all kids need to know is that it’s time for some active fun. If work/school weeks are hectic, zero in on weekends, when schedules tend to be more relaxed.

Power up with breakfast

Kids and adults alike need to launch their day with a healthy meal for all-day energy. Skipping meals and/or consuming simple, refined carbs can deplete your vitality. A protein-rich breakfast shake bolstered with green super foods sets a highly nutritious tone for the day─and improves your odds of being up for exercise later.

Make it fun

Active play is a natural love for most kids, and it’s contagious. Put your laptop aside and engage! You don’t need excessive structure, just grab your bikes, take a nature hike, throw a Frisbee, or simply play tag. Invite friends too. You’ll all enjoy frolicking together while everyone gets fit.

Give active gifts

Rather than a video game or similar toys, choose gifts that invite activity. Think skates, scooters, skateboards, tennis racquets, skis, or surfboards. Treating kids to 3-6 months of gymnastics, ballet or karate makes a great present too, which you can extend if they show they’re committed.

Opt for “fitness vacations”

Instead of another trip to Disneyland, how about a family vacation that involves hiking, tennis, horse-back riding, kayaking, or rock climbing? You may be surprised at how this thrills your kids, and you can all still grab some pool/lounge time along the way.

For some families, these hints call for a major shift, but the benefits are profound. Even starting to move in this direction can quickly improve happiness and wellbeing for everyone. Go for it!

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