Mar 01 2010

Childhood Obesity: Prevention With Nutrition and Exercise Guidelines

By John E. Lewis, Ph.D. Today, children face more challenges than ever in trying to achieve and maintain their health. The prevalence of the internet and video games negatively affects kids' desire to play outside and participate in physical activities, and the preponderance of fast food restaurants and processed foods at our grocery stores, along with their appealing advertising campaigns, results in an over-reliance of poor dietary choices that are too high in calories and too low in nutrition. Childhood obesity is dramatically rising and is now the most significant health crisis affecting children today. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the principle causes of obesity, according to the US Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). In addition, children are now dealing with rates of Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular disease previously only seen in adults. So what can we do to help our children? In addition to proper rest and sleep, stress reduction, avoidance of toxins, such as second-hand cigarette smoke, and drinking plenty of water, health begins and ends with proper nutrition and exercise. Eating properly should consist of a reliance on a plant-based, whole food diet. Eating plants in their most natural state, looking as much like when they came out of the ground or off the tree, should be the goal. Eating a plant-based, whole food diet will give us the vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, flavonoids, and the thousands of other ...

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Mar 01 2010

Childhood Obesity: Prevention With Pedometers,Technology And Exercise

By John E. Lewis, Ph.D. Childhood obesity is dramatically rising and is now the most significant health crisis affecting children today. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the principle causes of obesity, according to the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). Thus, children should be made aware of the severity of the problem that their generation faces, and they also need to understand that being active, which was taken for granted by so many prior generations, is one of the principal keys to being in good health. As the electronics age has consumed so many aspects of daily life in the last couple of decades, children of today are indoctrinated into the technological craze at a very early age. Popular electronics are readily affordable by most families, so children grow up learning how to operate everything from televisions to computers to video games to PDAs and cell phones. While the use of technology provides our society with enormous advantages in access to information and convenience, with such freedom at least partially comes the price of good health due to the sedentary lifestyle that such electronic equipment promotes. In considering how electronic equipment can help to promote a more active lifestyle in children, one of the obvious appliances is the pedometer. Pedometers, like most electronics, come in a wide variety of models, styles, features, and options, but a simple pedometer that accurately measures steps ...

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