The prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled for adolescents over the last 30 years. Eleven year olds are 11 pounds heavier today than they were in 1973. Unfortunately, obesity is not the only serious health problem confronting our children. It’s disturbing that the roots of ethnic health disparities begin during early childhood, as Black children are developing conditions whose onset typically occurs in adults. While sedentary lifestyle and poor diet
My son has watched my weight loss journey, and although he is too young to really comprehend that my body has shrunk, he does see a difference in both my activity level and the way I eat. I, however, am not so extreme that I keep treats away from him (or me for that matter). As a matter of fact, I am a true believer of eating everything in moderation.
Lately I’ve felt, in a word…busy. I’m not alone. Most of us are juggling multiple tasks throughout the day: meeting deadlines, making connections and finishing projects. Yet, all this business does not translate into much physical activity. It’s a bit of a paradox if you think about it. Through all of this “go-go-going” we often find ourselves sit-sit-sitting. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 23 percent of
I am constantly asked about how I keep up with my fitness goals. I hope that folks don’t think it is easy! Honestly, most times when I lace up my running shoes it’s a challenge, but nothing beats the feeling I have when I complete my morning run and I am energized for the rest of the day. But the biggest question is – how do I get off of
We all know eating together as a family is a good thing! In today’s economy smart families are working hard to make those family meals as cost effective as possible. Here’s a simple skill to add to your money-saving “toolkit” when you hit the grocery store…comparing unit prices! Imagine this: you are in a grocery store looking at a shelf of plain tomato sauce from a variety of brands. How
Millions of football fans will be huddled around the television for this year’s Super Bowl. What a perfect opportunity to spend time with family and throw a party! Why not think outside the chicken wing this year and have more nutritious options available? A fruit platter, English muffin pizzas or vegetarian chili with whole-grain crackers all make for guilt-free options. Preparing these yummy dishes with your kids teaches them that