In this day of video games and DVDs, kids and adults are in need of more daily activity. Physical activity. The kind where they run around until they can’t catch a breath or pedal a bike so hard they make going uphill look like a slide down a mountain side. These days so many kids are out of touch with fitness that grandma’s knitting looks like cardio. USA Today says that one-third of U.S. adolescents are overweight. With easy access to junk food and limited physical activity the number will continue to rise. School physical education classes help but are not enough. Like many life long habits, kids imitate actions of their parents. Good health habits start at home. Teach kids that food and fitness is a good thing to understand and prove it. Get the family involved in physical activities as a whole as well as individually. Many gyms are adding kid’s aerobics to their schedule of events. Sign ’em up! Get them involved in learning how to fit fitness into their schedules at an early age so it isn’t an intrusion later in life when the doctor is brow beating Jr. to drop a few lbs. Prevention is key to avoiding heart disease, type II diabetes, and other serious health problems. It is important to teach kids how to nourish their bodies with good nutrition and exercise for keeping the body functional throughout life. No, not every person is a born athlete but everyone can be fit like one. After all, Physical Matters! -pm
Did you know that there are nearly 300,000 children in America with some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease? There are 8.4 million young adults between the ages of 18-44 who have arthritis. How painful is that? There are too many diseases that deserve recognition, especially when kids are suffering. Arthritis hits home for me because of my early diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Growing up with the disease was (and continues to be) a challenge. An active lifestyle is one of the best forms of treatment. If remaining active can improve the life of an awkward gal like me then just imagine what it can do for you!
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