It’s not officially Summer yet, but there’s a heat wave hitting Northern California this week. In true Northern California fashion, it’s going from 70 degrees to 110 without any opportunity for our bodies to acclimate. Are you ready?
Childhood obesity in the United States has become a major concern for teachers, parents, and the medical community, all with differing theories philosophies, and tips for prevention. Factors that contribute to childhood obesity include genetics, inactivity, technology, as well as the beliefs and attitudes of the parents.
Sleep. You never seem to get enough of it. Kid’s never want to go to it. It eludes you. And it also seems to be the fix-all when you’re trying to make a decision - people always seem to tell you to just sleep on it. Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be what suffers when you’re trying to find more time in the day, are stressed, or are distracted and so stimulated that you can’t fall asleep, but more often than not it does.
Topics: Healthy Lifestyle
Getting sick is a regular part of life, but sometimes it can be at the most inopportune time. Sometimes it can develop into something more complex than your average head cold. Sometimes it can stop you in your tracks like a freight train.
Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies is hard enough, but when you have a picky eater it’s even harder. It can be tempting to give in as long as they’re eating something, but allowing bad eating habits – like reaching for the cookies instead of carrots or a bag of chips instead of a banana – can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to weight gain and even child obesity or obesity as a teen or adult. Help your kids to start good eating habits by making fun, creative and healthy snacks like the ones featured below:
As we discussed in our previous blog, Childhood Obesity: Causes, Challenges, and Consequences, there are 3 million new cases of childhood obesity each year. The number sounds startling, however, it’s not the end all be all. There are ways to combat childhood obesity, prevent it, and get it under control once it’s already taken its hold. These tips center around lifestyle changes, while focusing on baby steps. A small difference in each day for thirty days straight will have a far greater impact than two days of big changes in a 30 day period.
Are you thinking about ways to improve your family’s diet and exercise habits, but you’re not sure where to start? There’s a lot of information on the internet, and it can be challenging to figure out where to go and what information you can trust. Don’t be discouraged, because the United States Department of Agriculture has an excellent resource for all things related to nutrition and physical activity. It’s called ChooseMyPlate.org.
Weight loss may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear words like exercise, physical activity, nutrition, diet, and healthy eating, but there’s much more to it. A lifestyle that consists of physical activity and proper nutrition is important to your overall quality of life, more than just the benefit of weight loss. The truth is that physical activity and nutrition are essential to a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Preventative health care isn’t only care you receive to avert a health issue before it becomes an illness. It’s a way of life. From your lifestyle to vaccinations and early detection, the purpose of preventative health care is to avert a serious health problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, 7 in 10 deaths in the United States are attributed to chronic diseases. Several chronic diseases are preventable, and even treatable if caught early. Committing to health care prevention won’t only improve your life – it just might save it one day.
We’re nearing the new year, and it’s a time when many people begin to think about resolutions and changes they want to see in their life in the coming year. Common New Year’s resolutions involve eating healthier and working out more, but probably the most common desire for many people is that they want to lose weight. After the holidays, there’s no more excuse to overeat and splurge on treats. It’s time for a fresh start, a time to shed some pounds and refocus on our health.