here are some astonishing and quite frankly very sad facts on children and obesity from the cdc.gov website.
they go on to inform the public all the immediate and long term effects this will have on a child. the number one prevention is physical activity and healthy eating. that's a lot of pressure to have as a parent but one we can help empower them to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives. because of the bullying i encountered with my weight as a child and teen i have made it a priority in my children to move and eat healthy. here are a few things we do to move around.
: neighborhood walks
: swimming (not necessarily lessons but a lot of playing in the pool and practicing our strokes)
: bike riding
: walking around our local lake and feeding the ducks
: climbing local mountains and/or hikes
: going to the park
: gymnastics, ballet, tennis, soccer lessons
: beach (walking on the beach, collecting shells, exploring the surroundings and frolicking in the sand and water)
: yoga (you can buy a dvd, take them to local yoga classes for kids or teach them yourself)
: impromptu dance parties
: taking the dog for a walk
how do you encourage your children to move their bodies and eat healthy?