Thursday, May 12, 2011

Saving kids from our fat habit

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM

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One day a few weeks ago I was sitting at home eating a burrito and flipping channels. I came across Taboo on the National Geographic Channel and immediately got sucked in Toddler's and Tiara's style. You know, the train wreck that you don't necessarily want to watch but the then the judgment and the horror takes over and you're invested. The segment was about fat. More specifically it was about the flap of ab fat that grows over the front of your private parts and can grow so large that it impedes sexual relations. DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT?!? I have to admit - I didn't but I learned quickly and then they showed a picture and then I put down the burrito.

But that was that night. The next day I was back eating my favorite crappy foods and letting my 4 year old do the same. And then the Universe was all "okay fat ass - it's time to make some changes" and I got invited to attend the Kids in the Kitchen event sponsored by the Junior League.

The event was amazing! Local Chef Michael Flores and the rest of the volunteers created stations where an estimated 100 kids from the Boy's and Girls Club, SA Childrens Shelter and various other places learned about how important (and relatively easy) it is to eat healthy and get our bodies moving.

There was hands on cooking instruction:

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Fun with balls and Hula Hoops:

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Jumping rope:

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Computer games about healthy choices (thanks to Rackspace):

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Arts and Crafts:

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And Yoga with Southtown Yoga Loft

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The message of the day was all about getting moving and thinking about what we are using to fuel our body. For the kids it was a great introduction to how much fun a healthy lifestyle can be and for parents it was a great reminder that we are modeling lifestyle choices that our children will mirror.

One tip that I walked away with that I hope will help you as well is - "Talk with your children about food and food choices. Let them help you make meal planning decisions. If they are part of the decision, they are more likely to eat it."

Now I'm not promising that you won't find Bradyn and I at Mc Donalds every once in a while but I am energized and excited about eating healthier and helping Bradyn do the same.

elizabeth

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