PHYSiCAL ACTiViTY

 

Did you know that Kids are spending an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen, inlcuding TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of Physical Activity?

In order to grow up to a HealthyWeight, children need (at least) 60 minutes of play everyday.

Childhood Obesity is a real issue and we, as parents, can make a huge different involving our kids into healthier habits by making little changes in our daily basis routine.

These are some of the tips we can implement right away

  • Walk to school, it isn’t only an excellent way to have physical activity for both parents and kids but also helps kids to get more active to morning classes.
  • By letting your Kid choose an activity that interests her/him, you allow them to be part of the decision and they will stay more interested on it through time.
  • Involve the whole Family. Why not go and take an after dinner walk together?
  • Encourage your Kids to go out and play with your family #Pet if you have one, instead of staying home playing video games.
  • Children are good imitators so if you are active, there is a good chance they are going to be too. Teaching by the example is the best way to involve them in healthier habits, so you should be active as well!

 

 

7 WORST BEVERAGES YOU CAN GiVE YOU KiD

One of the leading causes of obesity is the sugary and processed foods making up many children’s diets.

Research shows that children today are eating more high-calorie, nutrient deficient foods and they are not consuming foods with vitamins, minerals and other healthy micronutrients

According to a 2011 study published in Pediatric Clinics, “14.6 percent of the total energy consumed by Americans aged 2 years and older comes from added sugars.”

Researchers agree that most of these AddedSugars are coming from sweetened beverages like soda and juices.

As parents we can teach with the example, instead of choosing these beverages you can read labels and prefer those ones that have less than 5 grams of Sugar and you can give your kid plenty of water and fresh fruit.

THEY ARE SWEET ENOUGH

At A Green Unicorn we are launching an awareness campaign called TheyAreSweetEnough to promote awareness and help parents to display healthy behaviors to their children at home.

Experts at the World Health Organization estimate that there are over 41 million overweight children who are under the age of 5. Research shows that overweight and obese children are more likely to stay obese into adulthood.

According to research published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, “Childhood Obesity can profoundly affect children’s physical health, social and emotional well-being, and self esteem. It is also associated with poor academic performance and a lower quality of life experienced by the child.”

Did you know that obese children often consume larger food portions but eat fewer fruits and vegetables from an early age?

Research shows that the obesity rates have increased in parallel with increasing portion sizes. When you “supersize” your meal at a fast food joint, you are told that you’re saving money — basically, getting more for your buck. But you’re also consuming a lot more calories than your body needs, or can use, for energy.

Childhood Obesity stems from the consumption of empty calories, which supply little or no nutritional value. So, children are overfed and under-nourished.

With the increasing of portion sizes, young adults are unaware of what appropriate portions look like anymore.

Skipping breakfast can actually lead to weight gain. Studies indicate that regular breakfast consumption will reduce the risk of childhood obesity and improve a child’s physical activity behaviors. Without a proper breakfast, children and adolescents will feel fatigued. They will be less likely to engage in physical activity that burns calories.

A Healthy Breakfast contains protein, fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. Avoid serving children foods that are processed and contain added sugars, like cereals marketed to children.

I know that sometimes we just ran out of ideas and get bored of having the same plain breakfast. Well, it doesn’t have to be like that anymore, go to my Freebies and donwload some of my breakfast recipes for your kids.

Sources: World Health Organization; J Family Med Prim Care: “Childhood obesity: causes and consequences”; www.draxe.com