Childhood Obesity: Kids Need SPACE
by Tammy Farrell
Eat nutritiously. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep. Socialize...but not too much.
There's a lot of information available about how to create healthy lifestyles for our kids. Getting there remains the challenge.
Childhood obesity can set the pace of a child's life. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us, obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The statistics are scary, as are the potential short and long term health effects. And let's not pretend there aren't heart-wrenching effects that can play themselves out as low self-esteem, ineffective stress management, and social anxiety issues.
I was obese as a child, and I can absolutely say it doesn't have to be this way! There are ways to prevent and treat childhood obesity that can recover lost ground, restore energy and vitality, and pave the way for a healthy vibrant life.
Give the children in your life SPACE to grow up in a way that reflects your love and pride in them.
Support: Let them know that their feelings are valid and that you're there for them. Choose school, family, and work activities that involve movement, joy, and fun.
Plan ahead: Notice when kids fight over wonderful, nutritious food choices. Raspberries don't stand a chance in my house! When it's time to choose an activity or snack, remind them how great those choices made them feel.
Activity: Recognize those moments when kids are elated and feel good. Jumping rope, bouncing on a trampoline, dancing to favorite tunes, and good old fashioned hide-and- seek all will get their blood stirring.
Celebrate: Spread around high fives as kids beam with excitement when they race each other to the end of the field. Above all, notice their good choices. A "Good job!" compliment from you surely will make their day.
Encourage: Make games and activities available that encourage kids to release energy and strengthen their bodies. Have lunch with your kids or show up unexpectedly at a team practice.
Take one of these actions today to make children’s health a priority. What will you do?
© Copyright 2014: Believe In Action Coaching.
About the Author:
As a former corporate executive, Tammy Farrell embodies the fact that success comes as a result of action. Her philosophy comes through in her coaching style with value-centered actions serving as the primary catalysts for change. Tammy founded Believe In Action Coaching, where she specializes in working with clients who are considering or who have had weight loss surgeries.
Tammy is the Vice President of Finance of the ICF Phoenix Chapter for 2014.