Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tips for helping kids eat healthy

 The Health Ministry's 2006/2007 New Zealand Health Survey found one in 12 children between two and 14 were obese, and one in five children were overweight.

But how do parents get their kids to eat healthy? Is it the parents' job or is it the responsibility of our society as a whole?

An extract from Dara-Lynn Weiss's book The Heavy: A Mother's Battle Against Her Seven-Year-Old Daughter's Obesity, published on recently caused some serious debate on Weiss' approach to putting her daughter on a strict Weight Watchers-style diet.

What's your advice for getting your children to make healthy food choices? Do you get tough or should we just let kids be kids? Is it the cost of food that's making our obesity stats worse?

Click the green button to share your tips for getting young Kiwis to eat healthier.

We'll compile a list of top tips for parents from all our submissions. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Scott Tischler Unveils 3 Healthy Eating Tips for a Busy Life Style to help with New Year's Resolutions

Scott Tischler knows all too well what it means to lead a busy life. Between being a law school student and working full time Scott is still able to eat healthy and work out daily. Scott Tischler is not a personal trainer rather Scott is someone who truly loves and believes in healthy eating and daily exercise. Scott truly believes that the secret to a healthy life style is a good combination of healthy eating and daily exercise. It can be difficult to fit in daily exercise let alone eating healthy every meal. With these healthy eating tips it can become easier to have a healthy meal.

1.    Plan ahead. One of the reasons that binge eating happens is because the body is starving for the correct nutrition. If meals are planned ahead of time then the house should always have food available. So instead of reaching for the snickers bar or chips reach for something healthy such as broccoli or chicken breasts.

2.    Cook several meals at a time. There are nights where the last thing anyone wants to do is to cook a meal from scratch. This unfortunately can lead unhealthy eating. By cooking several meals at a time a meal is as simple as heating it up in the microwave or oven.

3.    Use a cooler when going to work. By using a cooler and a few reusable icepacks not only will money be saved but it allows for healthier eating habits at work. Pack salads, greens, chicken, tuna, or anything that is healthier than a quick bite to eat through any drive through.

With these healthy eating tips eating healthy can be easier. Not only could it save lives it could also save some money. Those who complain that eating healthy is too expensive do not realize that by eating cheap and unhealthily it will cost more in the end.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tips for healthy living in 2013? Be positive, pray, goof around

Eat your veggies. Don't smoke. Get some exercise. Watch your weight. 

Those are good tips for staying healthy. They're also uttered so often that they go unheard by many.
Several health experts in the region gave fresh suggestions — some of them philosophical — on how to improve your health in 2013 and have a better, safer life. 

Here they are: 

» Enjoy downtime. “We don't allow ourselves opportunities to just let down,” said Dr. Donald Darst, president of Midwest Regional Health Services. “We just put ourselves through way too much. Everything has to be go, go, go, go.”
» Pray. You are more than just a physical creature, said Dr. H. Dele Davies, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “You have a mind, and you have a spirit.” Those who pray are happier, more satisfied. “It's controversial, but it's certainly something that I believe,” Davies said.
» Spend less time in front of screens. Go do something, said Cindy Brison, extension educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Doing stuff instead of looking at televisions and computers means “living life instead of being a voyeur,” Brison said.
» Spend more time with family. Brison said people always say they want to make family a priority. Do it.
» Know your medical numbers. Have a primary care physician who will go through vital numbers with you. Those numbers include cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index, or BMI, said Dr. Steph Erickson, a family physician with Alegent Creighton Clinic.
» Goof around. Having fun at work builds camaraderie, breaks down cliques and cuts tension, Darst said.
» Be ergonomically sound. Make sure you use good body positioning and posture. This reduces muscle tension, pain and repetitive strain injuries, said Rebecca Tomhave, clinic nurse for employee health at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln.
» Be positive. People who feel hopeless do worse in fighting disease and living life, Davies said. “We know that the mind has a strong influence on physical health.”
» Practice household safety. Have an escape plan in case of fire, and make sure your kids know how to open the windows, Erickson said. Assess tripping hazards, make sure the gas stove works properly and don't overtax electrical outlets.
» Review your medications. Go through your medications with your pharmacist or physician, said Amy Friedman Wilson, director of the Creighton Center for Drug Information. Make sure your meds are appropriate for your current condition and that none interact negatively. This includes natural supplements and over-the-counter drugs.
» Treat people with dignity. It helps not only others but you as well, said Dr. Ruth Margalit, director of UNMC's Service Learning Academy. “You gain just as much as you give because it opens you to the opportunity to learn from people.”