Parents are the most powerful force in influencing their child’s life. This is especially true when it comes to teaching them to eat healthy. But, that’s a hard thing for a parent to do when they themselves aren’t positive as to what “eating healthy” means. My goal here in Kid’s Corner is to motivate, educate and empower parents so that they can approach raising healthy children with confidence.
Children look to their parents as examples for everything they do. So remember that telling your children what to eat or that they should go out and play isn’t enough. We must also show them. We do this by adopting a healthy lifestyle ourselves and cultivating it throughout our families. This means cooking and eating healthy goes for everyone in the house, including you! When children see their parents enjoying fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins as mainstays, they quickly understand that this is the way one should eat.
This applies for physical activity as well. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV, get out and play with your children or schedule regular family walks together. If you decide to take on a fitness routine, show them that it is important to you by applying yourself and staying committed. Remember, it’s not about a diet or a temporary fix. This is about building long term lifestyle choices that become ingrained in our kids. That’s how we ensure that we are building healthy kids for life.
Your partner in raising healthy kids,
Eating healthy impacts our children’s ability to learn, grow and be successful. But what does eating healthy mean? Where do I start? What do I need to know? These are questions that parents ask me all the time. They ask me for themselves and for their kids. If you are a parent then you know getting your child/children to eat healthy foods can be more frustrating than trying to solve a Rubik’s cube. Sometimes it can be difficult to even know where to start. Lets begin with a few facts…
Americans eat 31% more processed food than whole foods. That is more than any other country in the world! These processed foods are loaded with sugar and salt. The more of these foods that you eat, the more you will crave them. As parents we have more control over our kids foods when they are younger. This is when you want to get them eating fruits and vegetables.
Lack of proper nutrition can lead to slower growth, excess body weight, fatigue and poor concentration. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals that are important to your child’s health. They are also low calorie, energy dense foods that will help keep your kids feeling more full and keep them from overeating on other foods. So, how do we get our kids to eat more of these super foods? We start with baby steps. This is a journey to health for the entire family.