Intensifying Exercise for Weight Loss and Health


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.

Contact Us

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