Raising Healthy Kids

3 days ago by Annie Haarmann in ( · Science & Health )

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What parent hasn’t given in to a child’s request for a fast food kid’s meal? The occasional indulgence is fine every now and then. Unfortunately, more and more children are getting most of their meals on-the-go.

A Rutgers State University research study found that families are eating fewer nutritious meals together and dining more outside of the home. The American Society for Nutrition recommends that families eat meals prepared at home instead. These meals tend to have more nutritious vegetables and less sodium, fat and calories than restaurant meals.

Boosting Brain Function

Even as childhood obesity has skyrocketed, children are still not meeting their minimum nutritional requirements. According to the USDA, half of American children aren’t meeting the recommended intake for nutrients such as calcium, vitamin E, zinc and iron.

Essential nutrients support more than just the body — they improve brain function too. A series of studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that children who were given multivitamin supplements showed improved cognitive function and increased accuracy in attention-based tasks.

More of What They Need

Most children’s supplements provide basic vitamins and minerals. However, children also need a broad range of additional micronutrients to achieve optimal health. Some of the micronutrients found in Reliv Now® for Kids include:

    • ● DHA: an omega-3 fatty acid critical for the development and function of the brain, eyes and nervous system.
    • ● PS and PC: (phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine) support healthy cellular development, mental clarity, memory, learning and cognitive function.
    • ● Grape Seed Extract: powerful antioxidant that protects against cell-destroying free radicals.

Healthy Cells, Happy Kids

LunaRich™ is a Reliv-exclusive healthy soy powder that contains five to ten times the bioactive lunasin of ordinary soy powders. Lunasin is a naturally occurring peptide clinical studies have identified as the key to soy’s many health benefits.

Lunasin promotes optimal cell health at every age. It’s why Reliv has added LunaRich soy powder to Reliv Now for Kids. Experts say consuming lunasin at an early age while the body is developing can maximize lunasin’s many benefits and lead to long-term, lasting benefits into adulthood.

Lunasin nourishes – provides the nutritional fuel to promote optimal expression of genes required for normal cell function.

Lunasin protects – reduces inflammation and cell damage caused by free radicals and other environmental hazards. Provides protection in two ways:

    • 1. Prevention. Activates the expression of genes that help reduce cell damage and prevents the expression of genes that can cause cell damage.
    • 2. Maintenance. Helps remove damaged cells from the body that may cause chronic health problems.

You can give your kids more of what they need to be healthy every day.

Reliv Now for Kids goes beyond ordinary children’s nutritional supplements to deliver key micronutrients essential to the development of a child’s brain, eyes and nervous system. And with the addition of LunaRich healthy soy powder, Reliv Now for Kids is better than ever for children’s health.

You want to raise happy and healthy children. Reliv is here to help!  Visit RelivingLifeHealthy.com and learn more about Reliv Now for Kids and how it can benefit your children’s health.

“Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”

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School Lunches and Childhood Obesity

One of our main concerns (or should be) is childhood obesity and school lunches.

I remember when I was a youngster and going to school, there was nothing healthy about the lunches we received.  Today some schools are offering healthier choices for our children, but are they making the right choices?  If your school does not offer healthier choices, the best thing to do is pack a lunch for your children that is packed with healthy foods.

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign encourages schools to offer more healthy low-fat, cholesterol-free options, including reimbursable meals and beverages, a la carte items, and vending machine items.  Schools may be offering healthy items, but your children aren’t choosing them and will choose the less healthy alternatives the school is offering.

Competitive Foods

Competitive foods in schools, including vending machines that dispense candy, soda and chips and other fast-food concessions, undermine the best efforts of school lunch programs to maintain high nutrition standards, according to a 2001 report to congress by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. These unregulated foods contribute to children’s poor eating habits and to ever-declining nutrition trends in children. A scant 2 percent of school-aged children consume the federal Food Guide Pyramid recommendations for servings of the five major food groups, according to the report. At the same time, more than two-thirds of children exceed recommendations for total fat and saturated fat intake.

Start at Home

One key thing to remember is, nutrition needs to start at home.  Parents need to teach their children how to  eat healthy and make healthier choices, so when they are not around, their children can make healthy choices on their own.  Eating healthy is not difficult, you just need eliminate the fast-foods, processed foods, and fatty foods.  Stick to the basics, fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken.

To find out more about the National School Lunch Program, click here.

Growing children need the appropriate nutrients for their developing bodies and mind.  If children are not getting the proper nutrients, they should be taking a nutritional supplement.  Reliv Now for Kids is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients necessary to keep growing bodies healthy, plus advanced ingredients to boost energy and mental performance, it’s much more than just another vitamin pill. Give your kids a head start on a healthy life. Ideal for children ages 2–12.

Childhood obesity is a major concern in our society today and we ALL need to do something to change this.  If things don’t change, childhood obesity will turn into adult obesity, which will result in chronic illnesses.

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Obesity In Children And Teens

Overweight and Obesity

Retrieved from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
No. 79; March 2011

The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese.  Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat.  Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.  The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion.  Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise.

What is obesity?
A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity.  However they may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for changes in diet and/or exercise.  Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for their height and body type.  Obesity most commonly begins between the ages of 5 and 6, or during adolescence.  Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult.

What causes obesity?
The causes of obesity are complex and include genetic, biological, behavioral and cultural factors.  Obesity occurs when a person eats more calories than the body burns up.  If one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese.  However, when both parents are obese, their children have an 80 percent chance of being obese.  Although certain medical disorders can cause obesity, less than 1 percent of all obesity is caused by physical problems.  Obesity in childhood and adolescence can be related to:

  • poor eating habits
  • overeating or binging
  • lack of exercise (i.e., couch potato kids)
  • family history of obesity
  • medical illnesses (endocrine, neurological problems)
  • medications (steroids, some psychiatric medications)
  • stressful life events or changes (separations, divorce, moves, deaths, abuse)
  • family and peer problems
  • low self-esteem
  • depression or other emotional problems

What are risks and complications of obesity?
There are many risks and complications with obesity.  Physical consequences include:

  • increased risk of heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • breathing problems
  • trouble sleeping

Child and adolescent obesity is also associated with increased risk of emotional problems.  Teens with weight problems tend to have much lower self-esteem and be less popular with their peers.  Depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder can also occur.

How can obesity be managed and treated?
Obese children need a thorough medical evaluation by a pediatrician or family physician  to consider the possibility of a physical cause.  In the absence of a physical disorder, the only way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories being eaten and to increase the level of physical activity.  Lasting weight loss can only occur when there is self-motivation.  Since obesity often affects more than one family member, making healthy eating and regular exercise a family activity can improve the chances of successful weight control for the child or adolescent.

Ways to manage obesity in children and adolescents include:

  • start a weight-management program
  • change eating habits (eat slowly, develop a routine)
  • plan meals and make better food selections (eat less fatty foods, avoid junk and fast foods)
  • control portions and consume less calories
  • increase physical activity (especially walking) and have a more active lifestyle
  • know what your child eats at school
  • eat meals as a family instead of while watching television or at the computer
  • do not use food as a reward
  • limit snacking
  • attend a support group (e.g., Over-eaters Anonymous)

Obesity frequently becomes a lifelong issue.  The reason most obese adolescents gain back their lost pounds is that they tend to go back to their old habits of eating and exercising.  An obese adolescent must therefore learn to eat and enjoy healthy foods in moderate amounts and to exercise regularly to maintain a desired weight.  Parents of an obese child can improve their child’s self esteem by emphasizing their strengths and positive qualities rather than just focusing on their weight problem.

It’s important to make sure that our children are eating a healthy diet and taking nutritional supplements.  Visit http://www.relivinglifehealthy.com/#!Now%20for%20Kids|cbse to see how Reliv NOW for kids will allow children to receive the correct amount of nutrients their growing bodies require..

by Wendy Millington

www.relivinglifehealthy.com

Children Living with Diabetes

For Parents & Kids

Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Whether you’re a parent, sibling or other family member, your support and understanding can make all the difference. Are you worried about medical care and costs, or how to manage diabetes at school? We provide information and resources to help every child and every family adjust to life with diabetes.

Reliv offers a great product for children called NOW, visit http://www.relivinglifehealthy.com/#!Now%20for%20Kids|cbse.

by Wendy Millington

www.relivinglifehealthy.com

School’s Out, Summer Fun is in Session

12 days ago by Erin Willmann in ( · Healthy Living Tips )                                                                                                                                                      By Wendy Millington        singleimage

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the pools are open. It’s summer!

But as the school year comes to an end, parents know they’ll soon hear the pitter patter of little feet scampering through the house again. Or worse yet, “I’m bored!” Don’t worry. These tips will keep your little ones happy, healthy and entertained all summer long!

Get Growin’

Plant a garden. Homegrown produce saves you money and is less likely to have food safety issues. Kids will enjoy digging, watering and running outside each day to check on the progress.

Try this all summer long! Add your freshly grown fruits and veggies to a delicious Reliv smoothie! Get recipe ideas.

Get Thinkin’

School’s out, but you can still challenge your kids with some at-home critical thinking activities.

Try this at the pool! For those days when the kids wake you up and they’re already in their swimsuits, dive into hands-on experiments with H2O. Get together various objects from around the house, and ask kids to predict which ones will sink and which will float. Ask them why. Then toss them in!

Grab containers of various sizes and shapes and a measuring cup. Then ask kids how many cups they think each one will take to fill. These activities teach lessons in counting, measurement and the conservation of volume.

Try this on a rainy day! Mix half a box of cornstarch with enough water so the consistency should be like clay (not too powdery, but not too wet). Now pick up the goop and squeeze it – it’s crumbly. Hold it loosely – it oozes through your fingers. This teaches kids about various states of matter.

Get Cookin’

Ask your young one to be your sous chef for the day. Spending time together in the kitchen provides the perfect opportunity to talk about nutrition and how various types of foods contribute to our health, growth and overall well-being.

Try this in the kitchen! For a sweet snack, make homemade fudgesicles, adding a scoop of Chocolate Reliv Now® for Kids for a nutritional boost.

Get Shakin’

Reliv Now for Kids goes beyond ordinary children’s nutritional supplements to deliver key nutrients essential to the development of a child’s brain, eyes and nervous system. And the addition of LunaRich healthy soy powder makes Reliv Now for Kids better than ever. LunaRich provides ten times as much lunasin as ordinary soy powders, for optimal cellular health. Give your kids a healthy start with Reliv Now for Kids!

For more summer fun, check out “That’s Kid Stuff” on Pinterest!