“Children are born, traditions are passed, and the love continues on!” This statement means a lot more to me than our family’s four generation picture frame. Not only because the love continues on, but the love of our healthy lifestyle continues on.
Picture of Perfect Health
My mother she was the picture of perfect health for most of her life. She ate very healthy and was extremely active in not only a physical way but mentally as well. She passed away years ago, and I miss her every day! At a very young age, we were taught to eat healthily. We were living in the orient, and my mother learned the to cook using their techniques and adapted some of those techniques when we moved back to the United States. We also never actually went out to eat much. We couldn’t afford to. Fast food wasn’t anything she cared to visit, so we never frequented those establishments either. My mother was very active in ballroom dancing and bridge. She competed and won many first-place awards for her ballroom dance ability and was dancing until she was 86 years old! She loved dancing so much she enrolled me in ballet, tap, and jazz at the age of 3. I was heavily involved in dance with her watching all of my classes and recitals up until the time I graduated from high school.
With the lifestyle, I had as a child from my ballet dancing to my mother’s healthy cooking I was able to bring that into my adult life. My husband and I married young and had our children before we were in our late twenties. My husband was in the Air Force, and money was tight. We hardly ever ate out and for much of my children’s growing up stage, like my childhood, we didn’t frequent fast food restaurants very often. Both my daughters were in sports and gymnastics throughout many of their growing up years and even though one child was more academic and one more athletic they both follow a healthy way of life today. Sodas and sugared drinks were not in our house often, so they even drank more water and milk then their classmates did. My children would rather eat a home cooked meal with fresh vegetables and lean protein than go out to eat at a restaurant.
The beauty of all of this is watching my daughter instill some of these healthy choices on her children. It’s a blessing to know that our family tree of healthy eating started many, many years ago. Our grandchildren come to the house and grab the fresh fruit over candy and cherry tomatoes over ice cream. Both of my granddaughters have been enrolled in dance and gymnastics almost since the time they took their first steps and their family rarely eats out unless it’s a special occasion. If you weren’t initially raised eating like this, it’s never too late to change your family tree.
As a Nation, Activity is Lacking
I am concerned about the health and wellness of our nation and most importantly the lack of activity among our children. With all the electronic gadgets and television shows, there is today, and the lack of physical education in our schools are children are living a sedentary life. For these reasons, it’s essential to make sure we are showing them how to eat healthy by making certain we don’t load up on fattening and sugary foods to the number of portions we are eating. It’s also important to make certain we are doing the same, so they follow in our footsteps. It’s never is too late to change your family tree so begin showing your children and grandchildren how much you love them by having an active lifestyle and making healthy eating choices!
It’s a shame the schools in the United States don’t require more activity throughout the day. According to the Active Schools website, only 6 states require physical education in every grade and only 20% of school districts require daily recess. That’s an alarming statistic as many of our kids get home and are sedentary the remainder of the day. When looking at the schools in our area and our grandchildren’s neighborhood I see that there are only a few that have joined the Active Schools movement. Check your child’s school here Click Here and see if their school is or how you can begin one as a parent. It’s up to all of us to get our children and grandchildren healthy and active!