Latest News on Fighting Childhood Obesity
Yesterday, we touched on setting a good example with our own diets and eating habits as now proven way to enforce good food choices for our kids. Lo and behold, the same goes for getting our kids moving.
This news was all over the Internet. Lead by researchers from Vanderbilt School of Medicine and publishing in the journal Pediatrics, a study shows that kids are highly influenced by how active their friends are - meaning, if your kid has active friends who are off of the couch and exercising, then your child is moreliekyl to be active too.
Which is fabulous news, when you think about it. Instead of hitting our kids over the head with messages about moving daily or forcing them to belong to the soccer team, supply some outdoor gear so he can play with his buds or encourage him to go out and see his friend next door -- who is always out playing or shooting hoops.
A little bit of hanging out with more active kids saw an improvement in more sedentary kids in only 12 weeks - which is enough to make it a habit.
Now, that doesn't mean you want your kids to break off friendships with less active kids, just be on the lookout if a new buddy chooses more physical fun, then just keep that friendship road open and do what you can to facilitate it as well as remind your kiddo how he had fun playing with that kid - and maybe to do some activity on his own too. All good ways to encourage this vital healthy habit.
Are your kid's friends more or less active? How do you encourage your child to get moving?