The high rate of obesity in kids today is causing a wide variety of health problems that were once not seen until adulthood, making it imperative that you implement tips for keeping kids healthy from day one. No child should be diagnosed with high blood pressure, type two diabetes or high cholesterol, yet one in three American children are overweight or obese, and many of them have these coinciding conditions.
Now for the good news: obesity is 100 percent preventable! It doesn’t require expensive treatments or strong medications; all it requires is the dedication to a healthier lifestyle. If you’re worried about child’s health, use these seven tips for keeping kids healthy starting now.
- Look up your child’s body mass index: BMI is a height-to-weight ratio. Enter your child’s height, weight, gender and birthday into a BMI calculator to see where they stand. Enter your own numbers while you’re at it to see if there’s room for improvement.
- Limit screen time: Encourage your children to spend no more than two hours per day watching TV, playing video games or browsing the web.
- Get the whole family moving: Plan on-the-go activities for your family every week, such as biking, bowling, swimming, going for walks, or tag in the back yard. Everyone benefits from the physical activity and added time together.
- Teach how to read food labels: An important part of keeping kids healthy is empowering them to make the right decisions on their own. Learn how to read nutrition labels and then teach the skill to your children.
- Make healthy decisions easy: Fill the fridge and cupboards with wholesome food instead of junk. If the temptation to choose a brownie instead of an apple doesn’t exist, then it’s easy to make the right choice.
- Make dinner time family time: You can help control what your kids eat when you cook and serve dinner for the family. Get your kids involved in the process of healthy meal planning, shopping and cooking to teach them the lifelong skill of good eating habits.
- Set the example: Whatever new rules you implement in your home for keeping kids healthy, execute them in your own life as well. Children learn by example, and if they see you following your own rules, they are much more likely to follow suit.
Please visit your local CareNow provider or www.CareNow.com for more information about keeping kids healthy with diet and exercise.