Are you a healthy parent? Part Two: Way of Life. Be a role model.

This is a timely topic -- maybe because First Lady Michelle Obama has made it so. How can we be more healthy as families? It must start with us -- the parents.

In our first post, we cited some interesting statistics/anecdotes about healthy living.

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Healthy Parenting. Part One: Food

We introduced this topic in a recent post, where we readily admit that defining "healthy" is not easy. We are exploring the topic in the context of four categories. The first is food.

Above all, before anything else, we think it is imperative to:
1. Get educated about food
2. Get the "crap" out of the house
3. Be patient.
And if you aren't sure what the "crap" is, see #1 above.

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Do you drink soda or any other sugary drink

What if the cost of your favorite sugary treat went up by a few cents? Would this alter your buying habits?

I read last week that one strategy being considered to fund Obama's health care expansion is to tax soda and other sweetened drinks. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, a 3 cent hike/tax for any super sweet beverage could net $24 billion -- a literal drop in the estimated $1.2 trillion bucket needed for Obama's plan.

Arguing for the tax:
Proponents claim that higher prices will reduce consumption and therefore improve American's health.

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Active parents equal healthy kids

Ugh. More bad news on the kid front.

A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates that once kids hit the teen years, physical activity drops significantly. Specifically the study suggests that less than a third of teens get even the minimum recommended daily amount of exercise -- ONE HOUR. And walking, playing, swimming, bicycle riding, all count. We're not talking about hardcore training.

Why is this significant?

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Leading the young to fitness

This past Wednesday?s Journal of the American Medical Association reported that approximately one third of US teens could not pass a treadmill fitness test. The study suggests that this population may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life.

There are loads of studies demonstrating the benefits of physical activity?from stronger cardiovascular health to improved mental well-being.

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