September is CHILDHOOD OBESITY awareness month in the U.S.
Adult obesity has repetitively been deemed one of the top killers of Americans; childhood obesity is an epidemic that we can use as a focal point of how to change the American culture and promote healthy youngsters, and in turn, healthier adults!
- Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. That’s 1:5 children!
- Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
- There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents.
How do we combat Childhood obesity? It’s this simple! ACTIVITY and DIET.
Building Bodeez Fitness Center (www.buildingbodeez.net) boasts that we are welcome to all ages, including children. We offer discounted rates for 13-17 year olds and enjoy having 12 and younger children accompany their parents during activity sessions.
Introducing your child to activity at an early age creates an everyday lifestyle that grows with the child. But remember, YOU MUST BE THE EXAMPLE! Turn off the TV, get outdoors, join recreational or school sports, eat of the land and not the factory, avoid fast food trips by planning family meals on Sundays, give your child healthy snacks for school.
Per the Center of Disease Prevention:
- Follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and limit media time for kids to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day whether at home, school or child care.
- Visit child care centers or inquire with your school district to see if they serve healthier foods and drinks, and limit TV and video time.
- Work with schools to limit foods and drinks with added sugar, fat and salt that can be purchased outside the school lunch program.
- Serve your family water instead of sugar drinks.
- Provide appropriately proportioned meal options.
- Make sure your child gets physical activity each day.
Bring your child with you anytime to Building Bodeez. Join the BBB (Building Better Bodeez) program or Janine’s Nutritional Challenge (begin Sept 24) and receive detailed tips on how to engage your entire family in fun fitness and nutrition.
We must not think of active lifestyles as a chore, but rather — the ‘norm.’ Be part of the change needed to promote a healthier America.
Source: CHILDHOOD OBESITY. Retrieved online August 24, 2012 from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html.
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5 Reasons to GET MOVING…TODAY!
1. Activity boosts endorphins! Struggle through your first workout…but walk out feeling GREAT!? This is an endorphin ‘rush’ or a ‘runners high.’ An endorphin rush may be likened to the after feeling of a funny conversation or a warm embrace. Those who exercise regularly have found that this ‘high’ can nearly be addictive! With a mild, sustained elevation in your heart rate, endorphins (natural hormones) are released in the body, which trigger a euphoric sensation! A great reason to be active…a natural ‘pick me up!’
Avid exercisers have reported in clinical research that YOGA and ZUMBA are two of the greatest ‘endorphin’ endorsers around!
2. Activity decreases your risk of disease and need for prescription medication! Although the decrease of disease risk seems too logical to discuss, just remember that your body was meant to be active…we were NOT meant to be couch potatoes. Among ailments and diseases that have been repeatedly proven to lessen with activity are diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, headaches, vascular disease, heart disease, heart attacks, obstructive sleep apea (OSA), dementia, high cholesterol, and more! Although medications may be necessary for many individuals we have proven time and time again, that regular activity can markedly reduce the need for prescription medications (esp. Lisinopril, Lopressor, Lipitor, HCTZ, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Insulin, Glucophage, and more). The studies are out there! And the proof is in print (http://buildingbodeez.net/proven-results.html).
3. Activity increases the likelihood of healthy relationships! A regular endorphin rush, as well as less aches and pains, and ultimately more energy will likely reduce depression, and increase your relationship satisfaction! Moreover, if you pick the right activity, with healthy folks, you may just find a new friend or a new community to enjoy.
4. Activity leads healthier joints! Natural range of motion and aches and pains slowly come about with age and sustained workload. Therefore, activity is imperative to keep the joints lubricated and functioning at a high level. Stretching after exercises is a fantastic way to decrease aches and pains! Try a JUMP STRETCH band for stretching post-workout or even at the end of a long day of yard work. You will be surprised that aches and pains lessen AND your range of motion will increase over time.
5. Activity doesn’t mean long hours on a treadmill! With recent wordlwide focus on fitness and wellness, activity no longer means mandatory hours spent walking on a treadmill! Daily chores is activity. Walking the dog is activity. Chasing your grandchild around the yard is activity. Fortunately, fitness centers are now renowned for a wealth of differing activities including group fitness, circuit and crosstraining, personal training, buddy training, outdoor training, and much, much more. Just ask us how to find ‘your fancy’ at Building Bodeez Fitness. (http://www.buildingbodeez.net).
Activity shouldn’t be thought of as a chore…its a priority. Put down the laptop, and get yourself moving…TODAY!