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Back to Routine

We all thrive on routine whether we know it or not, even children. Summer is great because it doesn't last all year! It's something to look forward to. Getting back into routine is also something we look forward to because our bodies crave it. It's no secret that childhood obesity continues to rise and health risks go along with it. The fortunate thing is that we can change this. Below are a few tips to help you along this coming school year.

1. Control the supply. You decide what to buy at the supermarket and what they have access to. Children will beg their parents for foods that have less nutrition but YOU are in charge when deciding which foods they eat. They'll eat what is available in your pantry and fridge at home. Have their favorite snack every once in a while. Balance is key.

2. We don't have to clean our plate! I remember my dad making me "clean my plate" and it led to bad habits for me. Allow your kids to stop eating when they have had enough and feel full. I always make my kids try everything I cook. If they don't like it, they don't have to eat it all, but we try everything. This creates great habits as well when they are in other people's home. In our home if you can't eat any of your dinner then that's all you get the rest of the evening. Knowing they don't have to clean their plate will create less stress at dinnertime.

3. Water not Soda! Just like you, your kids need half their body weight in water. Remember that sodas and sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of a nutritious diet.

4. Monkey See, Monkey Do. Be an example of healthy living to your kids. You will be surprised what they learn from you. Try to eat at the table as much as possible and don't skip meals. Be active and allow your kids to join you. I have been pleasantly surprised to hear my kids share with adults how much sugar you should have in a day! I never knew they were listening so closely. When they ask, "How much can I have?” read the label and serving with them. Knowledge will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

5. Screen Time. Let's face it, we could all use limited screen time. Too much TV or ipad could create mindless snacking. Research has shown that reduced amount of TV, reduced the percentage of body fat in kids. Encourage them to replace this time with something active.

6. Don't skip Breakfast & Get Enough Sleep. Students who eat breakfast versus those who don't are more alert during class. The proper nutrition combined with adequate rest will help their bodies fight off infections.

Small Changes, One Day at a Time!!!

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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