Healthy Tips and Tricks! March 2014

Healthy Eating

 

The New England Journal of Medicine released on January 30, 2014 its latest study on childhood obesity.  They have stated that children overweight by age five are more likely to be overweight by the age of 14, and subsequently into adulthood.  This report keeps a spotlight on the health and well being of children.  Although the report takes into account genetics, economic background and lifestyles it is also an awaking to parents who believe that their child “will just grow out of it.”

 

Many other well known health organization such as The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also states that childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that parents often feel overwhelmed by the problem and are not sure where to start.  However, they state there is a great deal that parents can do to promote healthy active living and create a home environment that encourages and supports healthy choices.  As a family you can choose one, two, three or all of the following goals to help support healthy living in your home and as a way to establish good health habits for your child to carry into their adulthood:

  • Eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day
  • Get at least one hour daily of physical activity
  • Limit screen time to less than 2 hours a day
  • Limit consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Eat breakfast
  • Switch to low-fat dairy products
  • Regularly eat family meals together
  • Limit fast food, take out and eating out
  • Prepare foods at home as a family
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium
  • Eat a diet high in fiber