Here at Sparkles Hiram we are very passionate about preventing childhood obesity. We believe that roller skating is just one of the many ways to get children off the couch and stay active. We have compiled a list below of some ways to combat childhood obesity.
- Cut down on sweet beverages – Sugary beverages such as juice and soda are one of the worst things to give your child. The amount of sugar in one drink could make up half a days worth of sugar. Besides having zero nutritional value, sugary drinks make hardly any dent on hunger. Many people also think that sports drinks are more beneficial than they really are. Unless your kid is running around for a very extended amount of time, or in very hot conditions, water is a fine choice for re-hydration.
- Lead by example – Kids with weight problems usually have not acquired their bad eating habits out of thin air. Parents who have unhealthy lifestyles tend to be bad influences on their children. Parents also need to pay attention to how many calories their child is consuming based on the child’s physical activity. You would be surprised to learn how many calories your kid is actually consuming on a daily basis. The habits that kids learn when they are young are carried into their adult lives.
- Limit screen time – The amount of time you child spends in front of a TV or computer screen everyday directly correlates with their weight. When parents set screen time limitations for their children, they will be forced to find other ways to entertain themselves. Playing outside or going to the roller rink is a great way for kids to stay active and get away from the temptations of snacking out of boredom.
What are your favorite ways to keep your kids active and eating healthy?