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5,4,3,2,1 - Countdown to more Healthalicious Youth

Posted Sep 26 2008 2:42pm

5,4,3,2,1 - Countdown to more Healthalicious YouthObesity in America has reached epidemic levels, and it’s a growing concern with our youth. I remember when I was in grade school, there was usually one overweight kid, who usually got picked on. It seems these days there are enough overweight kids that they can pick on the skinny kid in the class!

Though there is humor in the irony, this is a very serious situation. In this day and age, children want to hurry home so they can either play video games, get online or watch TV. Combine that with high amounts of fattening food, lack of physical education classes in schools and lack of participation in organized sports and you can see how this problem has become so dire.

Diabetes and liver problems are issues I tend to associate with adults, but improper diets have made these a concern for children and adolescents. As parents, we can put an end to this epidemic by feeding our children healthier food. Granted, health food is generally more expensive, but in the long run it will keep our children healthier.

Exercise is critical, we should encourage our kids to be active. Don’t let them just plop motionless in front of the television. Limit the amount of time they watch and have them do something active with the rest of their time. If you live in a neighborhood that is not safe for children, take them to the local YMCA, join organized sports or martial arts classes.

Healthology.com posted an easy to follow tip called the “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule” to help keep youth within an acceptable weight range. Every day should include 5 fruits and vegetables, 4 glasses of water, 3 servings of low-fat dairy products, less than 2 hours of screen time and 1 hour of physical activity. This is an easy rule to keep you and children active and healthy.

Written by: Donnell Peavy

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