Millions of people decide at the end of the year that they are going to eat better and exercise more in the coming year. Instead of making a commitment like that, in "Sharp Advice" former Lady Raider Coach Marsha Sharp encourages families to set goals like that together.
Parents strive to give their children the best of everything. The recent rise in childhood obesity shows that too much of some good things can cause a problem for the whole family. To have an active family, parents must start early and lead the way. Fitness specialist Stephen Romero says, "The first step that you need to do is change, or somehow manage, what you're eating in the house. Maybe cut down sugar foods; cut out sugar foods completely if you can. Don't buy them for the house. Your kids won't be able to eat them if they are not in the house".
Experts recommend that children get at least 60-minutes and up to several hours of physical activity every day. Romero adds that, "They are always in a routine at school. They have the certain things that they do at school at certain times. Just continue that at home. Say before dinner when everyone gets home from work, you're going to start an exercise program. And you'll have these ten things, or five things for your little program and just do them as a routine as part of your day. And have the parents do it as well so the parents aren't just saying, 'hey get in there and do your exercise.' The parents can actually go in there and do that with them".
To keep your family fit, be creative and have fun together. From your friends at Covenant Health System, I'm Marsha Sharp reminding you that when it comes to good health, the ball is in your court.