I'm broadening to scope to include all healthy lifestyle topics!!! Being a positive person, I want to honor those who may have felt offended by the word 'obesity'. Just to clariy, to me, the word ‘obesity’ is NOT about being 'fat' or a person’s outward appearance. I've been taught that it is what's inside that counts, and this is especially true for this topic. Obesity is about what is going on INSIDE, meaning the silent disease processes that we can't see with the naked eye (ex. the clogging of arteries, adiposity accumulating around vital organs) that are taking place within the body as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Without lifestyle changes, these silent diseases progress to symptomatic diseases (ex. heart attacks, strokes, diabetes) and conditions that endanger one’s health, quality of life and existence.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Active Kids = Healthy Kids
Time to go coach gymnastics! Great sport for developing sensory and motor abilities in young kids, especially since kids with obesity or overweight are known to have decreased motor skills. Turns into a vicious cycle down the line between decreased skills/awkwardness, decline in participation, weight gain and social isolation. WAY more about this in an upcoming post, but in the meantime, get your kids MOVING! Check out your local activities that foster health, movement and social interaction. Time to get the kids off the computers/cellphones, away from the tvs and back into health-promoting 'old-fashioned' after school activities :)