Fit Home Team | Make Health and Fitness Fun for the Whole Family
Posted Sep 02 2009 10:09pm
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children 6-19 years old are overweight or obese. And 15 percent were considered at risk of becoming overweight. ("Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2002"; Oct. 6, 2004)
As parents it is our responsibility to make a difference and reverse these statistics. We should educate ourselves first on health and fitness and then pass what we have learned on to our children.
Laura and Jorge grew up in Puerto Rico and both of them lived healthy lifestyles. Jorge was active in sports throughout his childhood and quickly became a shining star in baseball. They were married in 1999 and their son, Jorge Luis was born a year later. Jorge Luis was diagnosed as an infant with Craniosynostosis, a congenital birth defect characterized by the premature closure of the bones in the skull. As a result he has undergone numerous surgeries to correct the defect. The Posada's created the Jorge Posada Foundation to promote awareness of Craniosynostosis and assist families with children affected by this condition.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to the Posadas and they are able to make staying fit and healthy fun for their children. Fit Home Team is the blueprint that every parent should use when encouraging their kids to make healthy lifestyle changes.
The book is well organized into sections that every family can understand and relate to beginning with an outline of encouragement on how to make healthy lifestyle changes. Laura then discusses nutrition and how you can "trick" your kids into eating healthy. If your kids are picky eaters like mine are this information is very useful. She explains,
"We've been talking about the merits of healthy eating as if children were people who are easily convinced. Raise your hands if your own kids hate fruits and vegetables. It is no secret that most children do not fancy those foods that happen to be the most nutritious. Also, it is important to keep in mind that children's appetites are affected by their growth cycles, and for that reason they have different taste preferences than adults do. We have all heard the term, fussy eater, which means a child is finicky about what he or she eats. From the age of one to five it is not uncommon for kids to show erratic appetites, and for a child in the formative years, life is too downright exciting to stop for food. The good news is that there are all kinds of ways to sneak the good stuff into your kids' diets..."
This chapter and the next one are extremely beneficial if you are looking for creative ways to get your kids to eat healthier. Laura shares her family recipes and breaks them down into sections with titles like, Protein Favorites, Veggie Edge and Kid-Friendly Smoothies.
The Posadas also go into detail on how you can make fitness fun for your family with activities you can participate in together all year long. They emphasise the importance of family, sharing and teamwork while working out together. I also found the family progress chart in the back of the book very helpful.
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