Friday, November 2, 2012

Healthy Eating Habits Begin in Childhood

There's no question that we're facing an obesity epidemic in this country. Each year, it seems that we all get a little heavier, and while many people vow to exercise and lose weight on New Year's Day, when St. Patrick's Day comes around, most of us have forgotten our promises and we've reverted to our old ways. Adults can beat themselves up about these patterns, but they can also work to change them. By teaching their children how to eat right, no matter what time of year it might happen to be, parents can help their children to beat the cycle of obesity that seems to be claiming so many lives across the country.

Our company works hard to produce recipes families can follow to make delicious meals at home. We do this, in part, because we provide groceries to our customers. Each time our clients cook at home, they're using our products and that helps us stay in business. In addition, we believe that eating at home is one of the best ways to help deal with childhood obesity. When kids order at restaurants, they tend to gravitate toward foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt. They also tend to like "grownup" portion sizes, which are often much too large for small children to eat. When kids load up on food like this, they tend to pack on the pounds, and they train their bodies to expect huge amounts of unhealthful foods at dinnertime. It's not something any parent would want for a child.

By cooking at home, parents can ensure that their children are taking in foods that are low in salt and fat. Parents can talk about these choices with their kids as they cook, describing how herbs can stand in for salt and why fatty ingredients like cheese and butter should be included only sparingly. Kids can learn all about nutrition in these lessons, and they'll have fun at the same time.

Portion control is also easier to accomplish at home. We encourage parents to serve up meals in the kitchen, and ask children to eat their meals at the table before asking for seconds. Kids don't gobble when they must go to another room to fill their plates, and parents can watch how much their kids eat, when kids must get up to get more food.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How Early Can a Child Learn the Martial Arts?

In the martial arts academy that I founded in California, I sometimes get calls from anxious parents, wondering if their children can begin taking classes with me. These parents want to allow their children the opportunity to experience some of the amazing benefits of the martial arts, but they worry that the classes will be too focused on violence, and their children will be injured in the process. While there is no universal age at which it’s best to begin learning, as each child is different and matures a bit differently, there are a few guidelines parents can follow when they’re debating this important question.

Martial arts lessons require a significant amount of concentration. Instructors expect their students to watch the demonstrations carefully, and then repeat the movements just as they have been shown. Very young children often don’t have the ability to stay still and listen for long periods of time, and these youngsters may find the classes to be intensely boring. These children may begin to act up and act out, just so they’ll have something to do and something to focus their excess energy upon. Misbehaving children can be incredibly distracting and hard to deal with, and frankly, many martial arts facilities just don’t have the ability to provide child care for those little ones who are uninspired and acting out. For this reason, I don’t think children younger than 3 should attend martial arts classes, and children ages 4 to 5 could benefit, if they are children known for their adult nature and respect for authority figures.

Children ages 7 and up I think are at just the right age to learn the martial arts. This can be a tricky time for children, in which they’re asked to maneuver the adult world when they don’t really have the skills or the confidence to do so properly. Without a little help and guidance, children at this age can quickly go astray, leaning on drugs or alcohol or developing violent tendencies as they learn to deal with impending adulthood. Martial arts can help these children to learn discipline and self-control, and courses can provide students with the confidence they’ll need in order to become healthy and happy adults. Courses for students in this age group are almost invaluable.

About the Author:
Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim is one of the highest ranking martial artists in the world. She began her training at the age of 7, and now teaches a new generation at the Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy in California. Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim is also a respected author, speaker and business leader.