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Are Your kids Healthy & Fit? Part 1 of 3

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO BE HEALTHY AND FIT?

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO BE HEALTHY AND FIT?

Part 1 of 3--Why is breakfast so important?

Eat healthy meals.  Eating a well-balanced diet without skipping meals will help maintain an appropriate weight and decrease risk of developing diabetes and heart disease as one becomes an adult.  Eliminate all trans fats which includes almost all fast foods.  Serve a minimum of 5 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and lean meats, fish and poultry.  Purchase wild fish and organic food products as often as possible.

Why eat breakfast? Breakfast will not only increase your overall energy, but also keep your blood sugar levels even and will reduce your cravings and overeating throughout the day.  Think of breakfast as brain food that will help improve concentration and improve performance at school.  It will prevent a mid-morning slump and reduce the tendency to eat higher calorie snacks.

 

 In a published statement by Tufts University, a link was found between nutrition and cognitive development in children which recognized that "Children who participated in the School Breakfast Program were shown to have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than eligible non-participants.

What foods to eat on the go for breakfast?

Some choices to pick from:

1.  Hard- boiled egg, whole grain bread and fruit

2.  Low fat cheese, fruit and low fat granola bar

3.  Whole wheat/grain English muffin or bread with natural almond butter and fruit

4.  Pre-cooked chicken/turkey sausage, whole wheat/grain bread and fruit

5.  Veggie patty, whole wheat/grain bread and fruit

5.  Fruit smoothie with variety fresh/frozen fruit, protein powder and plain non-fat yogurt

6.  Plain non-fat yogurt or cottage cheese with your own fruit, seeds and whole/grain bread

7.  Whole wheat tortilla with cheese and fruit

Keep kids active.  Our children need at least an hour of physical activity daily.  This includes playing outdoors, sports and calisthenics.  Without regularly scheduled exercise, children will opt to watching excessive television, as well as playing video and computer games for lengthy periods of time.  Although these activities are stimulating creativity and developing hand-eye coordination, they contribute nothing to a child’s level of fitness and increase stress on the spine.  More children over the last number of years suffer from back pain and headaches simply because they don’t get enough exercise.

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