Yesterday I was privileged to be able to attend a webinar featuring Dr. Jim Sears to discuss healthy eating, movement and our children.
As our children become more sedentary, it is our job as parents to make sure that we encourage them to take a time out and move their bodies. We can teach our children to appreciate their health, offer them a competitive edge through organized sports and be a good example through family activities (taking walks after dinner etc).
One major point I picked out of that discussion that will be used in my house is “screen time = activity time”. For every hour they spend in front of the television, computer or video game they must spend an hour in a physical movement activity. One good suggestion was to purchase video games that involve movement like the Wii and the Xbox 360 Kinect and play them as a family!
While discussing healthy movement, we also discussed some tips for healthy eating that I can use with my own family.
- monitor your children’s snacks (how often? and what?)
- clean out the snack cabinet and only have healthy options
- instead of 3 large meals, allow 5-6 small grazing type meals
- avoid the clean your plate syndrome
- avoid using food as a reward
- discourage boredom eating (redirect)
- send them to school with a good breakfast in their tummies
Dr. Sears stressed how important Omega 3’s and DHA are in our diets, but as Americans we just don’t consume enough of them (they are found in fish). DHA is the primary structural component of brain tissue and part of the enzymes within cell membranes that allow the membranes to transport valuable nutrients in and out of cells.
A diet rich in DHA has been shown to improve focus, behavior and cognitive function, and increase learning capacity in young children. Now who wouldn’t want that for their children?
Dr. Sears has made it a priority to find healthy alternatives that taste good for our children to snack on. His new doctor-formulated, kid approved line of 100 percent all-natural drinks, snacks and supplements provide essential daily nutrients to help children grow healthy, strong and smart.
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