Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Paddy's last day of PreK was Friday, so we decided to kick off summer vacation with a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo on Monday. We invited a friend whose boys are grown, and has recently been feeling a little nostalgic about the Philly attractions that her kids used to enjoy.
It is good to know that I've instilled in my children the importance of healthy foods and physical activity. It's amazing how much children absorb without us, as parents, actually having to point it out to them. My heart breaks that more people don't take advantage of that, and teach their kids about healthy choices and back it up by setting a good example. Yeah, that candy bar might put a smile on your kid's face now, and maybe they don't want to eat their veggies. Yes, I know you don't want to hear them carry on or fight with them about food. But...How do you think they'll feel when kids tease them about their weight? How will you feel if you're giving them insulin to treat them for Type 2 Diabetes, or simply knowing that their little heart is weakening from having to work twice as hard to keep their body going. Think twice about that toaster pastry and offer them some peanut butter on whole grain toast and a piece of fruit. With childhood obesity completely out of control and Type 2 Diabetes steadily on the rise in the youth population, I urge parents to take control, because ultimately, it is on YOU...Even the 4 year old knows it.
*The Philadelphia Zoo does have a much smaller stand that offers what they consider to be healthier foods.