Healthy Tip # 59

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Welcome to a new category of my blog simply called ‘Healthy Tips.’ Many times, when I write articles for various publications, I need to find sources for the story. Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo Shine (click here) and PBS (click here) about keeping kids healthy. I was looking for experts and parents to chime in and give their favorite ‘tips’ to help kids (and their families) lead a healthy lifestyle.

The feedback for the story was amazing. The sources had some fantastic points of view that could not be ignored, and I thought their opinions should be viewed on the Your Health Journal web site.

So, enjoy my new series, with some ‘great’ insight from some ‘great’ people giving exceptional and educational points of view.

Healthy Tip From Dr. James Hill

Thought on healthy lifestyle from Dr. James Hill, Ph.D.

1. The importance of families exercising together…..

Our research has found that a good predictor of how active kids are is how active parents are. Despite that we tell our kids about being active they look to us as parents as role models. We also find that when families exercise together they get physical activity but they also get quality time together. Also sometimes the kids can be the facilitators to get the parents active.

2. Suggestions / creative ideas to get families to exercise together…..

We have had success in promoting a list of activities that families can do together (e.g. spend the afternoon at the zoo – lots of walking or plan a hike). Each family member can take turns choosing an activity.

3. Reasons why families are not exercising together as much in our modern day era…..

Time is what everyone always says – but families watch 4-5 hours/day of TV – go figure. They don’t know what to do. There is a perception that you have to do vigorous exercise, but that isn’t always the case.

– Dr. Hill (Retrofit Weight Loss Medical Advisory Board Member) has dedicated his career to weight management and is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts in this field. He has spent over 25 years researching the causes of weight gain, adiposity, and obesity and how to prevent or treat these problems – and has published over 300 scientific articles on the topic.

He is Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, a key developer of the America on the Move program (an initiative to make small lifestyle changes to help improve health and manage weight), and a Co-Founder of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), which tracks over 6,000 people who have lost weight and kept it off permanently.