your child’s next birthday get-together or friends sleep-over, how about
getting them all together to learn some valuable life skills.
Kids love it!
are the kind of readings I am finding. A
majority of our children are not getting enough sunshine, exercise, proper
nutrition and just plain old fun, unwinding time.
These are all the things necessary for a strong, healthy, happy growing
generation of British schoolchildren is failing to heed the healthy living
message and is eating too much junk food and too few vegetables, exercising too
little and drinking alarming amounts of alcohol.
of the children in school today risk dying a decade younger than their parents
unless they radically change their lifestyles, one expert predicted.
was the most disturbing headline I read)
of the surprising results of the survey is children's ignorance of how unhealthy
their lives are.
three-quarters of those who responded said they were eating healthily, their
details revealed otherwise:
62 per cent admitted they did not eat the recommended five portions of fruit and
vegetables a day and nearly a fifth (18 per cent) had less than three full
portions a day.
39 per cent did not have breakfast every day, despite nutritionists regarding it
as the day's most important meal; a quarter had it four times a week or less.
A fifth of children admitted to going without any lunch at least at once a week.
63 per cent had at least one fast food/prepared meal a week with their families,
potentially exposing them to high levels of fat, sugar and salt. Almost one in
five had two or more fast food/prepared a week.
are putting themselves at further risk of obesity by failing to do enough
physical exercise or sport.
food colorings, preservatives, and other additives may play a role in increasing
hyperactive behavior among young children, a new study suggests.
researchers found removing food additives from the diet of a group of
3-year-olds caused a reduction in the children's hyperactive behavior reported
by their parents. And when the food colorings and preservatives were added back
into the children's diets, the parents reported an increase in hyperactivity.
of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition scientist Judy Driskell said her recent study of
preschool children living in
found two-thirds of them lacking the
recommended levels of vitamin E and one-third short on vitamin C — a finding
attributed mainly to parents sharing their eating habits with their children.
are eating a lot of lowfat and nonfat products, and we’re finding they also
give their children such things as skim milk,” Driskell said. “The lowfat
diet is probably associated with their being low in vitamin E.”
we have to learn is they are setting up eating and lifestyles early in their
lives that will be hard to break as they get older.
Let’s intervene now, they are our future.
Let’s invest in them.