Developing a Healthy Child

Dr. Beau Pierce

“It takes a village to raise a child.” You’ve probably heard that quote in the past, and there is alot of truth behind it. During childhood and adolescence, our bodies and minds grow at anunprecedented rate and set the foundation for the rest of our life. Our development is forgedthrough the challenges and new experiences we encounter growing up. Top researchers havediscovered that our experiences around food, movement and exercise play a massive role inour future health and even our susceptibility to disease processes as we age!

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Developing a healthy child isn’t easy. The ease of modern living includes everything from fooddelivery to instant downloads of the latest video games. Yet, if you’re like me, there still neverseems to be enough time! It can be challenging to encourage healthy habits for ourselves andour kids. However, a little bit of effort today can pay huge dividends down the road. The numberof children in the past 20 years who are now classified as overweight or obese has skyrocketedand, as a result, many of the medical conditions which were typically associated with adultshave now afflict our kids.

  •   Eating healthy and staying physically active can help prevent chronic diseases such asdiabetes, cancer and heart disease.
  •   Researchers have found that sugar is tied to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseaseand obesity.
  •   Encouraging healthy habits around food and physical activity early in life can help yourchild live a longer, healthier life.
  • Next Steps:
  • If you’ve struggled with successfully developing healthy habits around exercise and eating inyour home, let us know. We have a variety of resources we would be happy to share. Webelieve that a “village” of community members who are proactive about health and wellness canmake a huge difference in the growth and development of our children, leading to happier andhealthier lives!
  • Science Source:
  • Preventing Chronic Disease Through Improving Food and Activity Environments. ChildhoodObesity 2014

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