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1 in 3 American Children are obese. Don’t let your child be one of them. Obesity makes children at high risk for diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
As a parent, you have the power to help your children eat healthy foods and get them active! Here are some ideas to do it:
- Skip the battery powered outdoor toys. Tikes Bikes wants to ‘keep kids active’ by providing mobility toys for kids ages 1 - 6, they sell toys that are powered by your child such as balance bikes, scooters, tricycles and PlasmaCars.
- Sign up for a monthly newsletter from Action for Healthy Kids - it features tips, tools, recipes and ideas to help kids eat right and be active every day so they are ready to learn.
- Plan a weekly Family Outdoor Night. Take your kids bike riding, hiking, swimming or just play a game of tag at the neighborhood park.
- Plan birthday parties at the roller rink, ice hockey, rock climbing gym or swimming pool. Anywhere they can burn some energy and get their heart pumping!
- Turn OFF the television. Institute a “no TV” time of day or day of week.
- Pack healthy lunches at home – most school food is high in carbohydrates, fat and highly processed.
- Make sure everyone eats breakfast – it’s the best way to start the day.
As parents, we are committed to keeping our kids active year round and as spring is coming around, it’s a great time to introduce fitness into your daily routine.
Carole Carson, the author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, says that parents’ homework is to teach and demonstrate healthy habits so that their children can do well at school. Here are three back-to-school tips for getting FIT:
F = Focus on fun: Fuel your child’s body with a nutritious breakfast. Encourage your child to pack his or her own lunch, choosing from healthy options. Stick smiley faces on the plastic bags containing vegetables or fruit. Replace soft drinks and sports drinks with water or milk. Buy your child’s favorite cereal, and add nuts and raisins to create a special trail mix. If your child eats at the school cafeteria, review the menus and help your child make healthful choices. Keep easy-to-eat fruits (such as bananas and apples) and vegetables (such as baby carrots) handy for after-school snacks.
I = Incorporate movement: Indulge your sense of fun by going outdoors and playing kickball or catch with your child, or go to a playground and swing on the swings together. When outdoor exercise isn’t an option, consider investing in one of the popular video exergames, such as Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit. Encourage your child to move by limiting screen time—the time spent sitting in front of a television, computer or standard video game.
T = Team up: Instead of driving your child to school, travel together on foot or on bicycles. Tackle weight loss by forming teams among family members and with neighbors. Join parents’ groups that support physical exercise during the school day and healthy food choices in school cafeterias. Share the task of preparing the nightly meal with your child. Use suppertime to talk about the day’s events and reconnect.