We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although BCA is tremendously important, there’s another October “awareness” that Mom Squad Marketing would like to shine the spotlight on; Children’s Health Month.
Children’s Health covers everything from nutrition and exercise to proper eye and teeth care for kids. In 2010, President Barack Obama proclaimed October 4th National Child Health Day. Obviously child obesity is a topic that is in the forefront of the media, and on parents minds. About 17 percent of ages 2-19 in the U.S. are obese. Child obesity has nearly tripled over the last ten years and childhood diabetes is on the rise as well. Time to push the panic button, folks. Simple things you can do to ensure better health in your family and especially in your kids are:
*Eat real! Eat food as close to it’s natural state as possible: Raw carrots, fruits, etc.
*Ditch the TV and go outside and play (as a family): Dig out the Frisbee and the football or just play a simple game of Tag. Bottom line: MOVE!
*Plan ahead if you’re on the move: The trap of many parents these days is being on the run and on the GO all.the.time. Avoid eating at any place that has a drive through. Bring a small cooler in the car and pack healthy snacks.
*Cook healthy and cook BIG: On weekends when you are not pressed for time, cook big batches of healthy meals like soups and vegetable bakes and freeze in smaller portions for those nights you are in a time crunch.
**side note: One of my besties Amy Kenow from Sunlife Wellness. Amy is a children’s nutrition coach and Mom to 3 kids under the age of 6. She swears by healthy smoothies (she makes them with kale, fruit, local raw honey, and flaxseeds for a healthy wallop). Another quick health meal is organic mac-and-cheese. A few minutes before the pasta is cooked, she throws in raw broccoli, peas, and spinach to soften them up, drains, and adds the cheese mix for a nutritional lunch.
*Water!: We all know as adults we need 8-8 ounces glasses of water a day, and it’s just as important for kids. Skip the soft drinks and sugar-packed juices and encourage them to drink water.
*Play hard ball (Another tip from Amy): If kids won’t eat the healthy meal you’ve cooked..they don’t eat. Avoid the trap of preparing separate meals for kids. It sounds harsh, but kids are smart. A couple of times of being hungry and they will figure it out.
“Children are our most precious resource. They are our joy in the present, and our hope for the future. As loved ones and educators, mentors and friends, we must do everything in our power to protect the health and well being of our Nation’s children and the promise of their futures.”-Written by Barack Obama.(Taken from the Presidential Proclamation stating October 4th was National Child Health Day)