Wednesday, April 3, 2013

move your body

as parents, it's so important that we nourish and encourage our children to get outside and move their bodies. not only does nature feed their soul but also enriches them in their memories and experiences.

here are some astonishing and quite frankly very sad facts on children and obesity from the website.

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.1, 2
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.1, 2
  • In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1
  • Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.3 Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.4
  • Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.5,6

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
: camping
: 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?


  1. love those shots of Valencia- so cute! We have been trying to spend most weekends outside- hiking, riding bikes, etc. It's a fun way to bond as a family while getting some exercise :)

    1. now that the weather is getting nicer we should def get the kids out more at the park with their bikes and momma walks at lake murray. :)