Health care costs are astronomical. Preexisting conditions don’t even think about getting coverage. Our nation is fighting an epidemic, childhood obesity, and no one is doing anything about it. I hear a lot of good intentions, but until we as a society face the facts, childhood obesity starts at home, we will never win this war. Don’t we owe a healthy lifestyle to our children? Our culture throws out excuses instead of solutions to this problem. I will give you solutions to the problem of childhood obesity.
One thing I took from the corporate world was problem solving. I would not have been successful if I could not have had a laser light focus on resolving opportunities which came about in business. I am now a stay-at-home dad and take the same approach running my family, just as I ran my business. What I will provide you is a laser light focus approach to keeping your children healthy and reduces chances of childhood obesity.
In Their Own Words
The first step to having a healthy child is to hear from your children what their idea of healthy is. You will need to get unbiased view of food, exercise, and disciplines needed to incorporate in a lifestyle. Take what society says is ideal or perfect and throw it out the window. If you have a perspective from someone else, then your children will always follow and never lead. Ask your children what their health goals and their idea of how to achieve those set goals. By incorporating your children, you empower them to make better choices throughout their life.
You have to be the generator of this transition. If you want to adopt a healthy lifestyle for your children, you must fist show them you are willing to commit to the same processes and procedures. If your children are eating fresh vegetables for a snack, now isn’t a time to grab the new flavor of potato chips. Remind your children healthy alternatives will still need to be in moderation. Eating an excess of low/non fat foods may increase your child’s consumption of sodium, for example. Best case is during shopping trips, ask your child what foods they would like and explain aspects of the food which are healthy. Having your children assist in shopping again incorporates their ideas in having a healthy lifestyle.
Move More, Sit Less
What can a child do in 30 minutes? Watch the next episode of their favorite teen/kiddy show, get to level 10 on their brand new video game, or take a brisk walk? The choice should be the walk. Challenge your children to create an activity fun and heart pumping and join in on the fun. At the end of the “workout” you and your child will be more fit and happier than when you started.
Childhood obesity is a serious problem for America. We can either sit around and do nothing or take what you have learned from the 21st century stay-at-home dad and create a healthy environment for your child.