Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Guest Blogger ... Kat Sanders on Healthy Kids

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

When it comes to our children, we want to give them the best we can, and when it comes to their health, nothing can be more important than safeguarding this precious asset. And the best way to do this is to teach them how to look after themselves; right from the time they are able to understand the significance of things. To this end, here’s what we need to do:

· Encourage them to make healthy food choices: We are what we eat, and the more junk we put into our bodies, the more we become like garbage pails. So encourage them to choose healthy food from the time they are able to eat on their own and begin choosing the meals they would like to have. Give them a variety of healthy options and try new foods every day so that they are not bored. If you make eating healthy a regular habit, it will stay with them for life.

· Get them to reduce time spent inactive: If they’re in the habit of slouching on the couch in front of the television or staying holed up in their rooms with their computers, mobile phones or video games, get them to go out and become more active. If the weather is bad, involve them in activities with the entire family at home or give them chores to help you around the house.

· Help them take up a sport: Playing a sport when you’re a child does wonders for your health, both the physical and mental aspects of it. Get your child to sign up for basketball, baseball or any other sport of their choice, and help them in their endeavor by driving them to games and practice sessions and being there in the stands to cheer them on loudly no matter how they perform. Ensure that you instill confidence in them by not insisting that they win – instead, tell them that the way they play the game is all that matters.

· Set an example for them to follow: And finally, your kids are never going to listen to a thing you say if you do the exact opposite when it comes to your health. You must be willing to walk the talk and eat healthy yourself. And this means no fatty and unhealthy snacks, no matter how tempted you are. You also need to keep your weight down with regular exercise and constant activity.

The most valuable asset we own is our health, and by teaching our children how important it is, we are giving them an invaluable inheritance. This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of radiologist technician at her blog The Overwhelmed Student Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: katsanders25@gmail.com.

Thanks, Kat! Nice having ya! Head over to Kat's blog and fill your head with a boat-load of good info!

Peace.

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