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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MSNBC: Biggest health problem facing US kids? Inactivity

I am not in the least little bit surprised and I suspect you wouldn't either after taking a closer look at the daily routine and pastime of our offspring. What jumps out at me is that they sit and/or lay around practically all day and the muscles most used are those in their hands to either text, hold a phone, or manage the controller of their game-console.

That may sound harsh and cold, but that is usually the case when it comes to the cold, hard truth. Let's take an average day of our children; they get up in the morning, sit down on their way to school, sit during almost all their classes, sit on their way home, hopefully sit down to do home-work and finally lay down to sleep after having sat through all the interaction with friends, playing games and watching TV.

Okay, okay, they do get some activity by walking to and fro the refrigerator and having to lift their arms to eat and drink. Unfortunately, the energy they use doing all that doesn't even come close to burning all the calories they are consuming and that only adds to the potential health risks and problems. For those who do practice some sports; more power to you!

As a parent, we all want to give our children everything, but we sure didn't anticipate that by doing so, it would lead to health issues. Maybe we need to get busy and change that and what would be the best way to do that?

Busy our children with some activity!



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