Healthy eating and exercise will help us live a balanced and healthy life! Not only will it benefit us physically and mentally, but it will also reduce any risks of developing weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. Making healthy choices is not always easy, and it’s not easy for Banunu either, but together we can learn to start creating new healthy habits and encourage others to do the same!

Background Information

Obesity and Diabetes are one of the most common conditions affecting significant population worldwide.  Unfortunately, 2.5 million Texans have diabetes, the number is projected to reach 8 million by 2030. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Texas. Another important fact is that these illnesses take its root at a very early age. Research has demonstrated that age 3-5 is a pivotal age and if a child is obese between the ages of 3-5, then they are eight times more likely to be obese in their adulthood. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. By creating healthy habits today and motivating our families to start making healthy choices, we can reverse the odds.

Tips for Kids
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables daily!
  • If you don’t like running, try bike riding or swimming! Exercise can be fun!
  • Instead of eating french fries or chips, eat some fruit or carrot sticks instead
  • Instead of drinking soda, drink some water! (Remember water does not have sugar!)
  • Limit how much candy you eat! (Candy has a lot of sugar!)
  • A lot of people like to eat junk food, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy!
  • Always make healthy choices, and teach others to also make healthy choices
Tips for Grownups
  • Watch what your child eats!
  • Don’t encourage unhealthy habits
  • Eating some sweets once in awhile is okay, but make sure it doesn’t become a usual
  • Remember that child learn by example, so do your best to be the best example for your child
  • Healthier lifestyles starts with you, make it a priority
  • When eating at a restaurant, ask your child which food choices would be some healthy options
  • Every moment is a learning moment, so take the time to teach your children about the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
For Educators
  • Permit Periodic Snacks
  • Don’t Draw Unnecessary Attention
  • Be Prepared
  • Never Leave a Child with Low Blood Sugar Alone
  • Allow Unrestricted Water
  • Allow Unlimited Bathroom Breaks
  • Be Understanding

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