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October 19, 2012
Get the Kids Involved

Be Active with your Kids!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years.  Today, 1 out of 3 children are either overweight or obese in the US.  With the increasing number of children developing early stages of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other risk factors, it is more imperative than ever to get your kids to join the exercise movement. 

During the time I've worked in 20/20 LifeStyles, I cannot tell you how many times clients have came in for their final assessment and tell me how pleased they were to able to not only get themselves in balance, but they were able to get their children to make healthy lifestyle changes as well.  Children, especially the younger, have a mimicking nature to them and when they see their peers doing something, they'll most likely follow similar routines down the road.  When you're in 20/20, don't think you have to do this all on your own.  Garner the support of your family and get your children involved, so they adopt the same healthy eating and exercise habits in the future.  When you're eating healthy during dinner, have them eat what you're having.  Don't isolate yourself from the rest of the dinner table.  This prevents you from the risk of sabotaging yourself during meals.

There are plenty of ways to get your kids involved actively.  For one, have your kids join in on one of your workouts.  If you are lacking ideas ask one of our experts [link to expert] who will create a session to fit your needs, full of games and activities, so your children won't lose interest; the younger the child, the more fun and game-like the workout will be. 

How about an outdoor activity when the weather's nice?  Here are some activities for you and your children to get involved in:
• Bike riding 
• Kayaking or Canoeing
• Hiking
• Participate in a 5K and 1K Kids run
• Rock Climbing
• Swimming
• Par 3 Golf Course

Remember, children have an adaptive nature to them.  Set a good example with your exercise and eating habits and they will do the same.  Be a good parental role model and encourage your children to be as active as you.  If you're going out for a walk, have the whole family go along with you.  Anything you can do to prevent them from sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games will help them with their healthy habits in the future.     




Written by DR. MARK DEDOMENICO

 
 

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