Parents can help kids create good habits early in life by eating fresh organic fruits and veggies from their back yard garden. One in three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese. Kids and parents can enter a program to treat overweight children, where pediatricians, dietitians, and psychologists team together to help families address their nutritional and psychological needs. Often it is difficult for families to change old habits. Overweight kids get a schedule for healthy meals and snacks, a time for active play, and a bedtime for plenty of sleep. Having an eating, playing, and sleeping routine is also wonderful preventive medicine to grow healthy kids. Kids can learn to cook healthy meals by steaming and roasting food instead of frying, cooking homemade instead of processed food, and drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Kids can grow an organic fruit and veggie garden in the backyard or in pots and containers on the patio or balcony for a peaceful and satisfying activity. A garden can change the well-being of the family, both nutritionally and psychologically. Evening family meals change as the veggies ripen and the entire family enjoys the benefits around the dinner table. A regulated schedule of eating, sleeping and active gardening can end childhood obesity and create closer family relationships.
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A backyard garden can help overweight adults, too! 🙂 It’s amazing how much work goes into gardening. From lifting, squatting, and twisting, it’s a great workout. And the benefits of eating the home-grown goodies are endless. 🙂 Great post.