By: Mission Healthy Living
September 28, 2015
Believe it or not, another month has flown by as September comes to a close this week. With it ends National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, (COAM) a month-long observance proclaimed by President Obama.
However, this doesn't mean parents should stop encouraging healthy habits among their children. Healthy living is a life-long observance and one that should be learned at a young age so children can carry these good habits into adulthood. After all, it's much easier to prevent a child from forming bad habits than to get an adult set in their ways to change later in life.
Especially with the upcoming Halloween holiday and the abundance of candy in stores, it's sometimes hard to fight the urge to overindulge.
For all you busy families out there, running from one event to the next, here are some easy ways to stay healthy on the go:
Skip the drive-thru: When shuttling kids from activity to activity, it's hard not to want to stop at a fast food chain for a quick bite to eat. Instead, try to pick one day of the week (maybe a Sunday) where you prepare healthy meals for the week. It may seem like a lot of work, but will help save you time throughout the week and provide nutritous meals that will fuel your family during their hectic schedules.
Healthy snacks: Your turn to provide half-time snacks for the kids' game? Ditch the cookies and lemonade and go for water and fresh fruit. It will keep the kids energized and alert and ready to play. Stock a bag with fresh fruits, veggies and other healthy choices for long car rides. This goes for football Sunday parties as well! Swap out the chips and dip for a somewhat healthier option. Just because it's good for you doesn't mean it has to taste bad!
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