It’s that time of the year again: back to school season! And with that comes the multitude of conversations about the rise of childhood obesity.
After a whole summer spent at the community pool, playing pickup basketball with the neighbors, little league practices or soccer matches, your kids are forced to return to a chair from 9-3pm. Yes kids also suffer from the same effects of the sedentary life while at school.
A recent study in the journal Pediatrics found that reducing sedentary behavior among students is “an important target for health promotion in children.” This sounds familiar right? While adults might get a 30 minute lunch break to take a quick walk, some schools have actually cut recess in favor of more classwork. How is a kid supposed to get his/her energy out?
Introducing the fit classroom. After a one-year pilot program at Oakridge Elementary School, where active furniture (desk cycles, balance ball chair, standing desks, etc) was introduced to the classroom, teachers reported students spending more time on tasks, more collaboration with classmates, and less disruption from fidgeting. The general censuses: kids who move more, learn better.
Finding simple ways for kids to sit less during the school hours is only one tactic to combating childhood obesity. Programs like Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign aim to solve the childhood obesity epidemic by focusing on “creating a healthy start for children, empowering parents and caregivers, providing healthy food in schools, improving access to healthy, affordable foods and increasing physical activity.*”
So where does it all start: at home. Like the old saying goes, like father/mother like daughter/son. Children watch and imitate their parents and look to them to learn everything, especially fitness and nutrition behavior.
1) Stay Active- after or before dinner, kick a soccer ball back and forth, take the dog for a walk, or Cubii together. Any activity that keeps you moving is better than sitting on your bum.
2) Family Mealtime- schedules are always chaotic but try to carve out a few days for family mealtime. Research shows that family mealtimes have a big impact on how children eat as they grow and start making food choices of their own.
3) Be A Role Model- when your kids see you trying to eat right and being physically active, you’ll be sending a message that good health is important.
The sedentary life is not restricted to only adults; it’s happening to your children now too. While changing habits will not happen overnight, you gotta start somewhere.
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*source: Let’s Move- About