Making Every Kid Healthy with Fitness and Nutrition
Every kid deserves to be healthy.
Making every kid healthy with fitness and nutrition is key. The children of this world are our future. Nourish them, let them grow, and they will develop into who they inspire to be.
How do we keep our children healthy you may ask? Through fitness and nutrition of course!
Children who are not active during the day (recommended 60 minutes a day) run the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
According to the CDC, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity.
As a result of being overweight at a young age, our children can develop serious health issues and conditions. These children will more than likely become prone to asthma, flat feet and joint conditions, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and even liven liver disease. In fact, most of the warning signs for these conditions can begin to show in at the young age of 15 in most teenagers.
Therefore, an active lifestyle is a healthy one.
Help keep your kids fit by encouraging them with these actives!
- Playing with friends
- Getting involved in sports
- Maybe get the whole family involved – walks, bike rides, parking a distance from your destination
- After school activities
- Attending outdoor events
- Fitness outside the box – trampolines, indoor recreation, laser tag, just to name a few
- Limit their “screen time” to only two hours a day
According to ACE…
Top 10 Reasons Why Children Should Exercise
- Kids who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as an adult.
- Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints. Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills—this is especially true for participation in team sports.
- Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
- Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance.
- Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and better self-images.
- Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension) and promotes health.
- Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood.
- Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.
In addition to an active lifestyle, having the proper nutrition is also important.
Your child’s nutrition is what keeps them growing strong. Getting them to eat healthy can seem like a task, because let’s face it, they can be picky eaters.
By pairing fitness and a well balanced diet, you can help keep your child at a healthy weight for their height. Other benefits of your child eating healthy can help:
- Maintain their well-being
- Increase their ability to learn and concentrate
- Build strong muscles and bones
- Give the the energy they need to be active
- Strengthen their immune system – helping them to fight off illnesses, infection, and recovery from injury
- Reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke and other life threatening disease down the road
Did you know that on any given day, 34.3% of U.S. children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 eats pizza, fried chicken, tacos or some other dish prepared in a fast-food restaurant?
Due to our busy schedules we are constantly on the go. Having readily available “on the go” snacks in your bag or car can help to cut back on those frequent stops to the drive through.
What are we doing to help encourage our children to eat better?
For example, try some of these helpful tips to keep them on track!
- Try offering healthy food options at home for each meal
- Limit their intake of junk food, fast food, and take out
- Go over food labels with them – education is important, the more they know, the better they understand
- Be a good role model – remember, monkey see, monkey do
Need a little inspiration? Why not try out these healthy snacks any kid would approve of!
Kid Approved Snacks
- plantain chips with salsa, guacamole, or hummus
- turkey, natural jelly, honey mustard lettuce cups with fruit
- DIY trail mix (you can go to the bulk section at your local grocery store and do this together)
- “ants on a log”
- apples or banana “nachos” with almond butter drizzle, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs
- avocado sushi bites (nori sheets, avocado, shredded carrots, add protein, with some organic ketchup)
- sweet potato, banana, almond butter, and cinnamon
- hard boiled eggs, crumbled bacon, and ketchup or sugar free bbq sauce
- Cheerio Almond Butter Bites (roll almond butter and cheerios into balls an place in fridge)
- chocolate pudding (cauliflower, cocoa powder, natural sweetener, 1T coconut cream)
- homemade fruit roll ups: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/183310647311777608/
- Pizza rice cakes (rice cakes, tomato sauce, pepperoni, dairy free cheese)
Let’s get our kids healthy again!
Did you know that bodhi offers a Youth Strength and Conditioning Program?
This program pairs both fitness and nutrition to help keep them growing strong!
To find out more about our youth program, head over here.