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Hope to see you movin' and groovin' soon!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
By Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Besides heart surgery, my great professional passion is working with a group called HealthCorps—a program that places energetic, healthy young people in high schools, where they help students live better, healthier lives. Its message stresses mental resilience and the notion that even kids have the power to control their bodies and the world around them.
My wife, Lisa, and I have tried to impart that message to our own four children—the true joys of our lives—and I stress it to my viewers on The Dr. Oz Show. We parents have to be role models. I've distilled what I've learned along the way into these five ultimate health tips for kids.
1. Play with your food. Child obesity is a devastating health crisis. But so often the message for kids is strictly negative: "Don't eat junk food!" "Don't watch too much television!" Don't. Don't. Don't. The message about food needs to be positive if you want your kids to eat right for a lifetime. You've got to offer healthy foods that are fun, colorful, and interactive. Remember that kids want to discover, not to be told, so let them seek out their favorite colorful fruits and vegetables—foods that are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids to keep them healthy.
2. Eat that fat. The human brain is about 60 percent fat, which is one reason I encourage people to include healthy fatty acids, especially omega-3's, in their diet. These are wonderful brain boosters for kids. Nuts and certain types of fish, such as salmon and mahi-mahi, are great sources. If your kids aren't into fish, try Kids' Krill Oil, which is packed with choline and DHA, nutrients essential to the developing brains.
3. Be a copycat. Research shows that children are quick to pick up on their parents' inconsistencies. If Dad is a couch potato, then telling the kids to go play outside is a lost cause. Mirror neurons will activate in your child's brain and he'll model those bad behaviors himself. Don't just say it, do it: Live. Right. Now. Your kids will follow. Start by getting outdoors. More than half of Americans, including kids, may be deficient in vitamin D. Make sure the whole family is getting their daily dose, either through supplements or roughly 15 minutes in the sun.
4. Put down that homework. And turn off the TV—especially after bedtime. Kids need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep per day between ages 3 and 12. Young children who don't get enough quality sleep have more academic and behavioral problems, including oppositional behavior, defiance, and hyperactivity. I tell my kids that they can always do homework tomorrow, but getting back growth-promoting sleep is impossible.
5. Talk back. Focus on your kids during a conversation. I believe the most important predictor of success and happiness as an adult is whether you know that your parents loved you. Not whether your parents loved you, but whether you knew it. Make that clear in what you say and how you act. It increases oxytocin levels, so your kids will feel safe and can learn better.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
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Friday, July 9, 2010
Kids, especially younger ones, will eat mostly what's available at home. That's why it's important to control the supply lines — the foods that you serve for meals and have on hand for snacks.
Follow these basic guidelines:
Work fruits and vegetables into the daily routine, aiming for the goal of at least five servings a day. Be sure you serve fruit or vegetables at every meal.
Make it easy for kids to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include low-fat yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese.
Serve lean meats and other good sources of protein, such as fish, eggs, beans, and nuts.
Choose whole-grain breads and cereals so kids get more fiber.
Limit fat intake by avoiding deep-fried foods and choosing healthier cooking methods, such as broiling, grilling, roasting, and steaming. Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy products.
Limit fast food and low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy. But don't completely ban favorite snacks from your home. Instead, make them "once-in-a-while" foods, so kids don't feel deprived.
Limit sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks. Serve water and low-fat milk instead.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Dark blue: Happy, romantic or passionate
Blue: Calm or relaxed
Blue-green: Somewhat relaxed
Green: Normal or average
Amber: A little nervous or anxious
Gray: Very nervous or anxious
Black: Stressed, tense or feeling harried
I should have included the meaning with the rings . . . but my mood ring would have appeared a little black today before class.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
In class today, we talked about ways to "sparkle and shine" through choosing to be active. It was great to hear about all the bike riding, hiking and swimming that had been happening during the week! And one child had gone on a 7 mile run - wow! The best part was seeing how excited the kids were about being active and how it made them feel good about themselves. It's a reminder that, as parents, we need to get our kids moving - it's good for the body, mind and soul!
Here are some tips for increasing physical activity for you child (many are great tips for grown-ups as well!):
- Encourage your child to move at every opportunity.
- Create an environment for active play both inside and outside the home.
- Participate in activities the whole family can enjoy together.
- Expose your child to as many different kinds of activities as possible in a non-intimidating environment.
- Provide opportunities for your child to climb, run and jump to develop muscular strength and bone density.
- Reserve a specific time each weekend dedicated to fun family fitness activities.
- Don't draw attention to sedentary activities with negative comments - instead, praise your children when they choose active play.
- Be a good role model - set a good example by participating in healthy physical activities.
- Enroll your child in a structured dance, sport or movement class (such as ZumbAtomic!)
*Tips adapted from Trim Kids by Melinda S. Sothern, Kristian von Almen, and Heidi Schumacher
Friday, June 11, 2010
Another way is by coming to ZA classes! We had lots of fun today and each child received a crazy straw because they are crazy about ZumbAtomic and to remind them to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I look forward to meeting everyone and having lots of Zumba fun!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Studio Cove Fitness