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Reverse the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

by Ann Blanton

As we already know, the world has gotten quick and easy. These days, all it takes is a drive-through at McDonald’s, or popping something simple into the microwave with a push of a button.

For decades, lack of exercise and poor eating habits have increased the population of childhood obesity. It’s easy to recognize, but much more difficult to treat.

So what should we do to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity?

In today’s society, it takes both parents working to make ends meet. This means less time to plan and prepare the proper nutrition and no time for exercise.

Today’s generation, spends more time watching TV, sitting at a computer and playing video games.

Hence, what does this mean for our children and adolescents who are overweight or obese? If we want our children to adopt a healthy lifestyle, isn’t it up to us as parents and grandparents to reverse the epidemic and set better examples?

It’s just as important for parents to include physical activity into their busy lifestyles too. After a busy day at the office, most parents neither have the time or the energy to exercise. So moms and dads, if you’re thinking you can get off the hook easily, think again.

When you think of exercise, you instantly think of a gym membership. You don’t need a health club or expensive equipment to incorporate physical activity into your children’s lifestyle. If you already belong to  gym, that’s great. You’re already setting a good example for your children.

If you have school aged children, here are a few suggestions that might be helpful.

School activities – Ask your children what type of activities they might be interested in and let them decide if they’d like to participate. If your child is older, you might suggest things like team sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, football and wrestling or you can even join the swim team. Although these activities are geat for both genders, some children might not be interested in team sports. In that case, there are other opportunities such as gymnastics, dance classes, karate and tennis or volleyball.

Regardless of your child’s age, never force them to do something that they’re not ready to do. Doing so will only sabotage them to fail before they begin.

If you have younger children or maybe your income is limited, there are lots of things you can do. Let’s discuss a few helpful hints to make family time into fun time.

Rather than watching TV after dinner, take a leisurely walk with your kids. Pet owners, take your dog with the family for a stroll around the block, shoot hoops in the driveway, jump rope, play catch or toss around the Frisbee. On the weekends, you can go for a bike ride, take a hike or to swimming at the local YMCA.

Healthy Nutrition – Even in a busy world, it’ up to you as a parent to find the time to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for your children. Make a grocery list, plan your menus carefully and read the labels.

Fresh is always better! So when you’re pushing you’re shopping cart down the produce isle, check out all the beautiful colors of fruits and vegetables.

Each color provides most of the vitamins and minerals for your optimal health, so fill your cart with lots of delicious produce.

It’s not to say that you have to stop

Healthy children mean happier and more confident individuals.

I’ve had many articles published at Fitness Plus Magazine. Here’s the link to view them if you want to check them out. http://fitplusmag.com/magazine/author/annblanton/   Currently, I just had my first short story published as an anthology in a book titled, “:Heartscapes”.

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My beautiful grandson, Xavier

Grandchildren are God’s gift for being wonderful parents, or at least, so I’ve been told.

Other women have always told me how incredible it was to be a first time grandmother. I have to admit I never thought I would see the day, but now that day has come, and I know how they feel. For me, being a first time grandmother is like falling in love all over again.

I thought I was prepared for my grandchild’s birth, after all, I’m a mother too; I know how it feels to love someone so completely it hurts. When I saw my newborn grandson, I was overjoyed with gratitude and bursting with pride. In that instant, I realized I had gone through a rebirth of my own. I had progressed from being a women, then to a mom and now to a grandma. I was staring at the next generation of dark hair, olive skin and button nose. I wish I could have froze that moment in time so it would last forever. My grandson, Xavier, is the most beautiful baby in the world; and Grandma is smitten.

When I heard his tiny cry of life, my troubles appeared so trivial; they seemed to fade away. I want my precious boy to know that I will be there for him always, to cherish, spoil, hold, teach, play, protect and guide him, but most of all, to love him with all of my heart every moment of his glorious life.

Isn’t it funny how a new life has a way of transforming those around us into responsible, loving and more caring individuals? We look at things with a fresh perspective and view life differently. All my thoughts are focused on today instead of yesterday and I thank God for his greatest treasured gift of all, my new beautiful grandson. I now find joy in embracing the second half of my life in my new role as Xavier’s grandma.

I would love to hear from you, so please send me your comments.

I’ve had many articles published at Fitness Plus Magazine. Here’s the link if you would like to check them out. http://fitplusmag.com/magazine/author/annblanton/

I will also have my first short story published as an anthology in a book titled, “Heartscapes,” in a few short weeks.