Monday, April 5, 2010

Get Kids Going!

Take advantage of the warm weather and get active with your kids. Do them and yourself a favor and exercise! That is in addition to keeping healthy eating habits.

New studies have shown that the seeds of chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease, may be germinating much earlier than anyone thought. Researchers have seen markers for heart disease in children as young as 3 and warning signs of Type 2 diabetes in 7 year olds. Poor diet and lack of exercise can boost a kid’s risk! A study published in Dynamic Medicine found that kids who were couch potatoes between the ages of 7 and 10 were five times more likely than others to have developed metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, seven years later.

Physical activities are important throughout the year. Parents should accept their responsibility as role models and motivate kids to be active and eat healthy!


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