Healthy Parent, Healthy Kids: CREATING HEALTHIER CHILDREN STARTS WITH OURSELVES

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by Miriam Figueroa

It’s one thing to make poor choices for ourselves. It’s another thing to let our poor choices impact the health of our children. As parents, we all want our children to have a happy childhood. Unfortunately, more and more children are dealing with a wide variety of health issues.

Most of the health challenges impacting our children are not genetic; instead, they’re the result of poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity. Are these causes our children’s fault? In my opinion, the answer is no. We have only ourselves to blame. As parents, we have the responsibility to teach our children good eating habits, to help them make good choices and to provide healthy eating options. It’s also our responsibility to help and encourage our children move their little bodies and learn the importance of daily physical activity.

HEAVY PROBLEMS

The consequences of not doing these things for our children can be devastating. It is amazing that we live in a country where one in three children is considered overweight or obese. These children are at risk for developing a host of medical problems, both now and later in life. Medical problems can include restless or disordered sleep patterns, liver and gallbladder disease, bone and joint problems, depression, and shortness of breath that makes physical activities diffi cult and that can be a precursor to asthma.

Add to this the fact that obese children tend to mature earlier. They may be taller and more sexually mature than their peers. Overweight girls may have irregular menstrual cycles and fertility problems in adulthood. Obese children also have a higher risk of developing more serious health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

NA_SA_06_15_WEB - June 2015_Page_19_Image_0002Our children’s health is in our hands. There are important decisions about their health that they can’t begin to fathom. I know it’s much easier said than done. As children, we all wanted cake and ice cream for breakfast, and we can easily remember begging our parents for the junk food in almost every TV commercial. It is hard to be the model parent when we’re tired and lack the energy to fi ght the daily battles about eating right and getting enough exercise.

One big thing we can all do is be better examples for our children. This is true for moms and dads. If our children are going to improve their health, we must improve our own. This often requires us to make a lifestyle change. It’s a difficult thing to do without help, without a wellness coach or participation in a lifestyle change program. A wellness coach can be your biggest cheerleader and provide the motivation and support needed to make the kind of health improvements that will rub off on our children. Making your own personal lifestyle change can be a positive experience for the entire family and can be the best way for you to be your child’s best health advocate.

 

MiriamMiriam Figueroa, LMT, ET is a holistic wellness coach and motivational speaker. She has helped thousands of people achieve health and wellness naturally. Figueroa owns Dynamic Detox, which has two San Antonio locations. To connect with Figueroa, visit www.dynamicdetoxqueen.com or call 210-549-4088

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