How To Beat Obesity In Children

BGCA Amway Garden Photo

How To Beat Obesity In Children

With the numbers of overweight children climbing each year, we need to learn how to beat obesity in children.  With those staggering numbers, it is understandable the urgency with which we need to correct this situation before it is too late. There are diseases infiltrating the bodies of our children that 10 years ago would have seemed impossible to see in anyone under the age of 40.  Type II diabetes is one of the diseases that are totally preventable and yet more and more children are succumbing to it.  I have struggled with my weight for years and now I have a teen girl who is struggling with her weight as well.  I am terrified my daughter may be heading down a path I would not have thought possible.  If my husband and I cannot help her make better food choices soon, she will be another statistic.

There is a wonderful program that the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Amway have partnered together on to fight the fight of obesity in our kids.  You may recognize the Amway name that is synonymous with health and wellness.  With a background like that, it is no surprise they are working with the BGCA on an initiative called the Positive Sprouts program.  Positive Sprouts is a program that was developed to educate our kids (and parents) on the importance of living a more healthy life.  The program emphasizes and teaches about creating and sustaining gardens in their community.

Eating A Healthy Food Plan

If you have a child who is interested in eating a healthy food plan and are dedicated to living a healthier life, the Positive Sprouts program is such a great idea.  Not only does the website for Positive Sprouts is filled with so muc information, spell out how to start a garden in your community, there is also a lot of useful and fun information your family would benefit so much from.  You can find topics like Arts & Crafts, Recreation, and Life & Fitness, I am going to focus on the Health and Wellness program.  To make starting your garden a breeze, here are the steps the BGCA and Amway have outlined for success:

  • Plan Your Garden:  In order to have your garden a success, you need to choose a spot that will have the right soil and sunlight as well as what you want to plant. If you don’t have a yard to plant in, a container garden is just as easy to grow.  If you choose a container garden, make sure you choose vegetables that will grow well in a smaller space.
  • Build Your Garden: If you are planting your garden in your yard, make sure it is protected from unwanted visitors that have set their sights on stealing the fruite of your labor.
  • Plant Your Garden:  Be sure to have your seeds, your gardening tools and a watering can and you are ready to plant.  Make sure you plant the seeds according to the instructions on the packet.
  • Maintain Your Garden: In order for your little sprouts to come out, you must water them properly and weed when necessary.  The best time to water your plants is in the morning.
  • Harvest:  When your plants or vegetables are ready to be picked, you can harvest them.  This would be a great time to speak to your kids about healthy eating and how you can use the vegetables from your garden in your family meals.\
When you have your family involved in caring for and growing healthy foods, they may be more likely to eat their veggies.  Don’t forget to lead by example because your kids will not eat those brussel sprouts unless you do it first!!  Click to learn more about the BGCA and Amway partnership.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Amway. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.
About Jennifer

Jennifer is a mother of three boys who currently resides in Fort Myers, FL. She is married to an over-the-road trucker and has the company of a Boston Terrier, Fenway.


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