Welcome to Take a Child Outside
The purpose of "take a child outside" is for parents or grandparents to help their children become healthy and strong. Take you child out to the park, take a walk around the neighborhood, walk to a store, play outdoor games, play hop scotch, jump rope, take a child outside to simply get some fresh air plus benefits of family bonding and quality time together from family activity time.
Are you children sitting around the house playing video games, playing on a smart phone or ipad, watching TV and eating too many snacks?
Wake up parents, don't let your children turn into overweight couch potatoes as so many of today's kids become.
It's a parents responsibility to assure their kids get regular exercise. The obesity epidemic among kids is truly staggering in its dimensions. Children cannot take control of their own lives, its up to the parents to make sure their children don't grow up to be obese and unhealthy.
Below are helpful tips on children's
and a kids diet and kids health guide
Exercise for Children
Children need exercise just like ever one does. Most children need at least one-hour of physical activity every day. Regular exercise helps them:
- Feel less stressed and more relaxed
- Have good self esteem
- Feel more ready to learn in school
- Keep a healthy weight
- Build and keep healthy bones, muscles and joints
- Sleep better at night
As kids spend more and more time with electronic devices, they spend less time running and playing. Parents should limit TV, video game and computer time. Parents can set a good example by being active themselves. Exercising together can be fun for everyone. Competitive sports can help kids stay fit. Walking or biking to school, dancing, bowling and yoga are some other ways for kids to get exercise.
Combining regular physical activity with a healthy diet is an important goal of healthy lifestyles for your family.
Here are some tips for raising healthy kids:
- Help your child participate in misc. activities
- Establish a regular schedule for physical activity
- Incorporate activity into daily routines, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Embrace a healthier lifestyle yourself, so you'll be a positive role model for your family
- Keep the activity fun, so your child will enjoying it on a regular basis
Eating well and being physically active are keys to your child’s well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to overweight and related health problems following children into late teen and adult years. You can take an active role in helping your child, and your whole family learn healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Healthy eating and physical activity will help your child . . .
All children benefit from healthy eating and physical activity. Children who eat a healthy diet and have consistent exercise tend to:
- Grow and enjoy learning
- Build strong bones and muscles and have lots of energy
- Maintain a healthy weight and avoid obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes.
- Get plenty of nutrients and feel good
How child’s eating patterns and activities are formed?
Parents play a large role in shaping children’s eating habits. When parents eat a variety of low-fat foods, low in sugar and fat but high fiber, the kids will learn to also like such food. It may take a dozen or so tries before a child accepts new foods, so do not give up if your child does not like a new food immediately.
Parents have an effect on children’s physical activity habits as well. You can set a good example by going for a walk or bike ride after dinner instead of watching TV. Playing ball or jumping rope with your children shows them that being active is fun.
With many parents working outside the home, child care providers also help shape younger children to eat healthy and participate in activities. Your child care providers should serve balanced meals and healthy snacks, and consistent play-times.
If your child is in school, find out more about the school’s breakfast and lunch programs and ask to have input into menu choices, or help your child pack a lunch that includes a variety of foods. Get involved in the parent-teacher association, known as the PTA to support physical education and after-school sports.
Your child’s friends and the media can also affect his or her eating and activity choices. Children may go to fast food places or play video games with their friends instead of playing tag, basketball, or other active games. TV commercials try to persuade kids to choose high-fat snacks and high-sugar drinks and cereals. When parents help their children be aware of peer and media pressures, youngsters are more likely to make healthy choices outside the home.
Foods your child should eat . . .
Children need to eat a wide variety of foods for good health.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture published Dietary Guidelines have sound recommendations promoting health and reducing risk of chronic disease thru healthy-eating and physical activity.
The new guidelines encourage us to eat a variety of high-nutrient foods. Recommended items include fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts and whole grains. The USDA guidelines also recommend diets low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. These guidelines are easy for children to follow, if their parents eat properly and introduce healthy foods at the right age.
Sources of Calcium
Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth. Milk and milk products are great sources of calcium. If your child cannot digest milk or if you choose not to serve milk products, there are other ways to make sure he or she gets enough calcium.
- Serve calcium-rich vegetables like broccoli, mustard greens, kale, collard greens, and brussels sprouts.
- Include high-calcium beans like great northern beans, black beans, navy beans, and baked beans in casseroles and salads.
- Try calcium-enriched soy milk and rice milk based drinks, served cold, use in place of cow’s milk in your favorite recipes, or add to hot or cold cereals, or drink right out of a glass.
- Serve lactose-reduced or lactose-free dairy products like low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and ice cream. (Lactose is the sugar in milk and foods made with milk. People who cannot digest lactose often have stomach pain and bloating when they drink milk.)
- Try low-fat yogurt or cheese in small amounts, which may be easier to digest than milk.
How can I help my child eat better?
- Give your child a snack or two in addition to his or her three daily meals.
- Offer your child a wide variety of foods, such as grains, vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat or beans.
- Serve snacks like dried fruit, low-fat yogurt, and air-popped popcorn.
- Let your child decide whether and how much to eat. Keep on serving new foods even if your child does not eat them at first.
- Cook with less fat and bake foods (instead of frying). Consider the health benefits of going on a marine diet.
- Limit the amount of added sugar in your child’s diet. Choose cereals with low or no added sugar.
- Serve water or low-fat milk more often than sugar-sweetened sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.
- Choose and prepare foods with low-salt. Keep salt off the table. Have fruits and vegetables ready for snacks instead of salty snack foods.
- Involve your child in planning and preparing meals. Children may be more willing to eat the dishes they help fix.
- Have tantalizingly good meals together as a family, serving everyone the same healthy foods.
- Do not be too strict. In small amounts, sweets or food from fast-food restaurants can still have a place in a healthy diet.
- Make sure your kids eat breakfast. Breakfast provides children with the energy they need to listen and learn in school.
Simple Snack Ideas
- Dried fruit and nut mix
- Fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables or fruit served plain or with low-fat yogurt
- Rice cakes, whole-grain crackers, or whole-grain bread served with low-fat cheese, fruit spread, peanut butter, almond butter, or soy nut butter
- Pretzels or air-popped popcorn sprinkled with salt-free seasoning mix
- Homemade fruit smoothie made with low-fat milk or yogurt and frozen or fresh fruit
- Dry cereals served plain or with low-fat or fat-free milk
Preschool age children can easily choke on foods which are hard to chew, small and round, or sticky, such as hard vegetables, whole grapes, hard chunks of cheese, raisins, nuts, candy, seeds and popcorn. Carefully select snacks for children in this age group.
Children need physical activity for both a healthy body and healthy mind . . .
Children should be physically active most, if not all, days of the week. Experts suggest at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity daily for most children. Walking fast, bicycling, jumping rope, dancing fast, and playing basketball are all good ways for your child to be active.
As children spend more time watching TV and playing computer and video games, they spend less time being active. Parents play a big role in helping kids get up and get moving.
Steps to take to get your child active . . .
Be a role model for your children. If they see you being physically active and having fun, they are more likely to be active and stay active throughout their lives.
- Involve the whole family in activities like hiking, biking, dancing, basketball, or roller skating.
- Focus on fun. You can do a lot of walking during trips to the zoo, park, or miniature-golf course.
- Include children in household activities like dog-walking, car-washing, or yard-work.
- Limit your children’s TV and computer time. Offer them active options, like joining a local recreation center or after-school program, or taking lessons in sports they like.
- Encourage your child to be physically active every day.
Overweight children need physically activity . . .
All young children who are over-weight are more likely to become over-weight adults too. They may develop type-two diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and other diseases' as they progress to adulthood. Overweight in children can also lead to stress, low self-esteem and mood issues.
Because children grow at different rates at different times, it's not always easy to tell if a child is overweight. For example, it is normal for boys to have a growth spurt in weight and catch up in height later. Your health care provider can measure your child’s height and weight and tell you if your child is in a healthy range for his or her gender and age. If your provider finds that your child is overweight, you can help.
Tips for helping your overweight child . . .
- Don't put your child on a weight-loss diet unless your health care provider tells you to. Limiting what children eat may interfere with their growth.
- Involve the whole family in building healthy eating and physical activity habits. It benefits everyone and does not single out the child who is overweight.
- Accept and love your child at any weight. It will boost his or her self-esteem.
- Help your child find ways other than food to handle setbacks or successes.
- Talk with your health care provider if you are concerned about your child’s eating habits or weight.
Remember, you play the biggest role in your child’s life. You can help your children learn healthy eating and physical activity habits that they can follow their entire life.
Tips for Parents to get and keep your child healthy and physically active
- Breakfast provides children with the energy they need to listen and learn in school. Make sure your child eats breakfast everyday.
- Offer your child a wide variety of foods, such as grains, vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats or beans.
- Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your kids eating habits or weight.
- Cook with less fat, you can bake, roast, bbq on the grill, or poach foods instead of frying.
- Limit the amount of added sugar in your child’s diet. Serve water or low-fat milk, rather than sugary sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.
- Get your child active in preparing meals. Children may be more willing to eat the dishes they help make.
- Parents should be a role model for your children. If they see you being physically active, in-shape and having fun, they are more likely to be active and stay active thru out their lives.
- Encourage your kids to be active every day.
- Involve the whole family in activities like hiking, biking, dancing, basketball, soccer, etc.