Exercise to Inspire Health in Your Children

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When we picture our family growing up, we picture our children being strong and healthy and in good shape. The picture them married to partners who are equally into fitness, strong capable and living long and healthy lives. We picture their children, our grandchildren, running and playing without a care in the world.

Leading By Example

However, if you are out of shape and you don’t take pride in being fit and healthy, how do you expect that your children will grow up to value things which you don’t? You need to lead by example, and the best way to do that is to begin getting healthier and setting an example for your children to follow. If your children see you moaning and whining and crying every time you eat an apple or a salad or go for a run, they will associate those things with negativity. However, if you suggest that your family go on a walk or run together and are excited and joyful about it, the children will make that association that it is a fun family activity and is something exciting.

Children and Exercise through Play

Children love to exercise. Every single day they voluntarily run like crazy on the playground at school playing games like hide and seek or tag. They jumped rope and skip and play soccer without hesitation. Playing is a form of exercise and we forget how fun it can be to expend energy in the way that our children do. During the hot summer months, it can be difficult to go outside and go for a run because of how hot and uncomfortable it is. But if you have air-conditioning in your home, there is no reason why you cannot partake in at home based workout videos and even getting your own children to join in. One of the most successful weight loss programs of the past few years is called the 21 day fix which is a program designed to help you lose weight in under three weeks. In this program, you will follow a nutrition and exercise plan designed to help you get in the best shape of your life.  When your children see you working out and feeling better about it, it will make them feel more excited and confident about the idea of exercising also.  And it will become a habit for the entire family to get into. The 21 day fix also has such short workouts that it won’t take up your whole day to get some fitness in!

Have fun with it, look at this example of this adorable toddler leading the family in some aerobics hehe.

Intensifying Exercise for Weight Loss and Health

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If you struggle with your weight, a sad truth is that you might be passing on your own health issues to your children.  One obese parent is often likely to be seen with obese children. The fact is that we are what we eat.  If your diet is full of carbs, fat and sugar, it is natural that your children will be eating the same types of food as you.  However, you are setting them up for failure.  Children an youth may have a faster metabolism than adults but it is unable to combat large quantities of sugar and fat without leading to weight gain.  You are most likely leading your children down a dangerous path of carb and sugar addiction and ultimately, poor health and obesity.

What Steps Should We Take to Prevent Childhood Obesity?

Something needs to give before they are doomed for the rest of your life and their lives. They need to be introduced to the concept of nutrition and exercise.  If children aren’t taught about healthy eating and weight gain, they will continue to eat poorly without being mindful to make healthy choices.  Many people worry that by teaching kids about health and nutrition, they will develop body issues and obsess over ‘fat” or being overweight.  That is why it is so important to teach them to get and be healthy and encourage regular exercise.  You can do this by being an inspiration yourself and set the right example.  One woman recently started doing the 21 day fix extreme exercise program in her living room.  Her kids watched her do the program every day without dreading it and they would join in with her.  This made it fun for them to do exercise because they saw their mother doing it too! When kids see you complain about diet and exercise, they make it a negative association.  But if you celebrate eating healthy and exercising, the children will respond to it and be more likely to exercise or want to be healthier too.

How can Getting a Pet help?

If you don’t already own a pet, adopting a dog that needs high exercise and activity will also ensure you and your children are getting in plenty of exercise as this means you’ll need to go to the park and for regular walks and runs with your dog.  Teach your kids how to make their own healthy snacks with fruits and low-fat nut butters or yogurt dips.  If your kids don’t like cooked vegetables ,don’t make them eat them.  Let them eat raw crisp vegetables of their choosing. The most important thing is that they are being healthy and eating foods that won’t make them gain weight and will give them plenty of nutrients and vitamins.  So in doing a healthy exercise program like the 21 day fix extreme, you can watch your kids take joy in participating with you and getting fit as well!

 

The Joint Learning Initiative on Children

Launched in 2006, the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA) was a time-limited network of policy-makers, practitioners, community leaders, researchers, and people living with HIV that mobilized research and discussion on children affected by HIV/AIDS. JLICA did not seek to supplant the efforts of many dedicated and effective organizations working on behalf of children—but instead provided an independent, collaborative analysis of what is working and what needs to change.

Our process

JLICA’s approach to global HIV/AIDS advocacy and research was unique because:

  • JLICA was cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary. The Initiative engaged policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, activists and researchers from across the natural and social sciences.
  • JLICA was independent and collaborative. While working with national governments, non-governmental partners, academic research centres, foundations and international organizations, JLICA also conducted independent analyses and made evidence-based recommendations on what works best for children.
  • JLICA was a temporary entity with a finite goal. JLICA did not seek to perpetuate itself or carve out a permanent niche in the HIV/AIDS research landscape. It aimed to get a specific job done by a defined target date. This time-limited approach enhanced JLICA’s focus and impact.

In each of its research focus areas, JLICA gathered evidence about best practices, facilitated innovative thinking and problem solving, advanced action, and facilitated communication across disciplines and stakeholders. JLICA sought to:

  • Mobilize and generating evidence
  • Facilitate new thinking and problem solving
  • Advance action
  • Facilitate linkages

JLICA research, ranged across a variety of topics: strengthening families; community action; expanding access to services and protecting human rights; and social and economic policies.

Read JLICA’s brochure for an overview on directions for action: English, French

Learn more about JLICA’s key recommendations and work products.

About JLICA’s Learning Groups

The Initiative housed four Learning Groups that focus on the primary research areas. These Learning Groups were coordinated by two Co-Chairs and included a core of approximately 10-15 experts from diverse geographic and disciplinary backgrounds, as well as strong membership representation from high-burden countries.

To promote action on the Initiative’s recommendations, Learning Group Co-Chairs participate in ongoing advocacy alongside the two Initiative Co-Chairs and JLICA’s founding partner organizations.

Read about the Learning Groups.

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