New Years Day will be here before we know it and along with it will come New Years Resolutions. Although they can be helpful, I am not a huge fan of setting unrealistic resolutions because, more often than not, they have been kicked to the curb by mid February.
The point of this post is not to discuss resolutions, good or bad. It is to remind us to not forget the kids as we carve out our healthy living strategies for the New Year. Many resolutions are targeted at changes we can make in our own behaviors. Wether these changes are focused on diet or exercise, for the most part they are targeted to us as an individual. Many weight loss challenges emphasize special foods and supplements and in turn, require that we prepare different foods for different members of the family.
WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?
Did you know that only 1% of adults and 2% of children hit their required targets for fruits and veggies?
Did you know that the average child under 12 consumes 49 pounds of sugar per year, according to the USDA?
Did you know that on average, three out of four children ages 5 to 10 get less than one hour of physical activity daily?
Did you know that recent statistics indicate that only slightly more than a quarter (28%) of adults with children under the age of 18 report that their families eat dinner together at home seven nights a week. Believe me, this does not happen at our house on a nightly basis but this was a shocking statistic to me.
Perhaps some of our New Years resolutions should be focussed on developing healthy habits as a family rather than just us as individuals.
I am booking appointments into the New Year right now for family nutrition consults. Together we can carve out a healthy plan for ALL the members of your family. We can meet in your kitchen and work our way through your cabinets and pantry or even at the grocery store. Having quick and easy to prepare healthy foods in the house is a game changer!
Healthy habits are one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. They will carry them with them for the rest of their lives.
Let me know if I can help…
To Your Health – Noreen