First proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928, Child Health Day on October 1st seeks to raise awareness of how we can protect and develop children’s health. The day focuses on issues spanning an entirety of a child’s development including prenatal care, adolescent health, preventing injuries, immunization, and healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
There are small but significant ways to incorporate healthy choices in a child’s life at an early age. In the United States, 1 in 6 children between the ages of 2-19 are considered overweight. Educating them on the importance of healthy eating and exercise is fundamental to their development. Involving kids in cooking and meal planning, limiting added sugars, and eating more fruits and vegetables will help kids acquire good habits at a young age and will be beneficial as they mature into adults.
Children come pre-equipped with a plethora of energy, so finding ways to exhaust some of that energy and teach children the importance of exercise can go hand-in-hand. Given the development of a variety of electronic stimulants, limiting the use of TV, computer, or video games while encouraging time for more active activities will create fun opportunities for exercise. So, whether you’re playing in the park or turning on some music at home and dancing around the house, your children may not be tired, but they’ll have understood a little bit more about a healthy lifestyle.
Look no further than City Sports Club for a great workout for you and your kids with Kids Klub! While you bust it out in a Zumba® class, the kids will appreciate their own indoor gym to run around and play in. So lace up those sneakers and we’ll see you on October 1st!