One of the most important things any parent can do is develop good lifestyle habits with their children. There is still a long way to go before we can say with certainty that our children are truly healthy, but there is evidence of great progress.
A recent report helps us to understand the current state of children’s health, and why fitness, health and wellness in children increase their probability of becoming healthy adults.
On February 25, 2014, The New York Times ran an article called “Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade.” It talks about a study of kids between two and five years old, when many experts agree that many bad habits are established, which lead to an unhealthy adulthood.
The lead author on the paper is Dr. Cynthia Ogden, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Ogden said this was “the first time we’ve seen any indication of any significant decrease in any group,” calling the results “exciting.”
There is a shift in the way people are thinking, paying more attention to living naturally and healthfully. Parents of young children today are more likely to be exposed to new ideas and take action on them, and this is showing up in better health and less overweight for our children.
In a related story, children’s IQ has been linked to exercise, says Dr. Gwen Dewar in her “Parenting Science” blog – but she adds a twist. “It’s important to find forms of aerobic exercise that your child really enjoys. Structured activities — like team sports or dance lessons — may be fine options. But so are nature walks, tree-climbing, roller-skating, and playing hide-and-seek. In fact, play — like exercise — is good for the brain.”
Well-known health and wellness advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola agrees. “The evidence speaks loud and clear,” he says, “that regular exercise can improve test scores, IQ levels and task efficiency.” He found that elementary school students raised their IQ an average of four points with forty minutes of daily exercise, and that fit sixth graders scored thirty per cent higher than the average on standardized tests, while unfit students scored twenty percent below the average.
This is good information, and it’s reassuring that scientists are finally interested in doing this kind of pro-wellness research. As science explores and uncovers the truth, people will become more motivated to create habits and make lifestyle decisions that are likely to bring about fitness, health and wellness.
That not only decreases the tremendous pressure on our health care delivery system, but it also improves the quality of life we can all enjoy.
Let’s help our kids grow into healthy adults, by guiding them toward healthy behaviors like exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, and being consistent with safe, all-natural chiropractic care.
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