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Encouraging Health and Fitness in Your Child

Yoga BalanceToday’s health facts about children are surprising.  It is said that about 15% of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are seriously overweight and over 10% of preschool children between ages 2 and 5 are overweight.  These numbers have tripled since the early 1970’s.  The food knowledge and exercise routines you imprint in your child at a young age will help them stay healthy throughout their adult years.  Here are some pointers that could help you encourage healthy eating habits into your youngster.

One of the most difficult struggles with a preschooler is getting them to eat healthy food and enough of it.  Most children go through a period where they refuse to try new foods and demand the same one or two favorites at each meal.  This seems to happen most between the ages 1-5.    They also like to reject foods they previously relished within a days’ time. Dietitians say that it may take a child up to 10 tries before he agrees to sample a new dish.  In order to help with this, offer the new food alongside his favorite and keep the mealtime atmosphere neutral and low-key.  Children also have small appetites and they may fare better with several small servings of food throughout the day than with only three hearty meals.  You can estimate the appropriate portion size by multiplying your child’s age by tablespoons and actually seeing how little they really need may release some stress from mealtime.

However, just eating healthy is not going to fight against childhood obesity on its own.  Making sure your child gets enough
exercise is just as important.  You could sign them up for team sports, go for family walks, play outside games such as
tag, ride bikes etc.  Today’s world is surrounded by technology advances that make it easy for your child to forget about simply going outside to play.  Reassuring the importance of moving your body and exercising will set your child on the right road for a healthy and fit lifestyle.  By simply following good eating habits and promoting exercise each day your child will not become another childhood obesity statistic.


Information by: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s) and Jamie Mclntosh

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger