Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sue Scheff: Parenting to pervent obesity - Get up and get moving

Helping your kids get and stay healthy isn't always easy in today's generation. It's hard for them to resist the unhealthy snacks, sodas and fast food that seem to be all around them. It's also tough to get them away from the television and computer screens and find places for them to play outside and exercise.

As Food Revolution has hit the airwaves and Let's Move Campaign has taken off by our First Lady, parents and kids alike are becoming more aware of healthy eating and the need for exercise.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation has a comprehensive website with tips and valuable information for schools, teachers, parents and children!

Part of parenting to prevent obesity is learning to just turn it off! Screen time is not just TV, it includes watching DVDs, playing video games, texting or surfing the Internet. All that time in front of a screen crowds out time for regular physical activity-and experts say that children should get at least 60 minutes of activity or more every day.

That means there has to be a balance between screen time and physical activity. Remember, sitting in front of a screen can also encourage snacking on unhealthy foods. So start by limiting your child's screen time and you can help crank up your kids' energy, re-charge their minds and improve their health.

Be an educated parent, you will have healthier children!

Read more and learn about getting your family in motion!

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