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Help your kids eat healthy this holiday season

By: Spencer

More than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With childhood obesity on the rise, it’s important to think about your kids’ eating habits this holiday season.

While we want our children to enjoy the holidays, we also want to set them up for a long, healthy life free from heart disease and other health problems.

Increasingly, medical studies are showing that being overweight younger in life can cause serious health problems down the road like high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease later in life.

Here are some tips to keep your kids on track this holiday season:

·         Create a kids’ drawer. Create a kids’ drawer in the refrigerator filled with fruits and vegetables that are “anytime” snacks, and let them access the drawer whenever they want. This way, they’ll fill up on good stuff before the party starts.

·         Go for quality, not quantity. Bake your own sweets to avoid the more calorie-heavy and fattier store-bought options, and make smaller batches. Don’t put all the cookies out at once – store some out of sight for later.

·         Avoid sugary beverages. Instead of soda or juice, try fruit-infused water or seltzer topped with just a bit of all natural fruit juice. It’s an easy way to cut sugar and calories.

·         Exercise. Find ways to keep your kids active whether it’s exercising indoors, going for walks or ice skating.

·         Keep a routine. Feed your kids regular, healthy meals during holiday party season so that they do not over-indulge at parties.

Finally, let a party be a party. Relax and allow your child and yourself to enjoy some indulgences while being reasonable about portions. 

A healthy diet is an important way to keep diabetes at bay. Find out if you’re at risk for diabetes by taking our fast, FREE diabetes risk assessment: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/DiabetesRisk.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

Managing Holiday Stress (Dec. 21)

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration with our loved ones, but as many of us know, it can be a stressful time too. Between shopping for gifts and hosting holiday parties, there’s a lot on our minds.

So why do we tend to stress out during the holidays?

·         Finances

·         Memories of lost loved ones

·         Overabundance of activities like family parties or work gatherings

This is especially true for women, as many holiday “responsibilities” like cooking, event planning and shopping are assumed by women in the household. According to the American Psychological Association, women’s holiday stress levels increase more substantially than men’s levels.

Here’s some tips to manage your stress levels this holidays season.

·         Pace yourself. Spread our your activities and obligations so you can enjoy them more.

·         Budget. Talk with your family and create a reasonable budget. Consider homemade gifts.

·         Do something kind for others. Volunteer at your local community center or donate to a gift drive. Studies have shown that people who give back feel a sense of joy and satisfaction.

·         Find free activities. Check out your local newspaper or community Facebook groups and websites for free holiday events, or stroll through the town to see decorations.

·         Save time for yourself. Incorporate solo time for exercise, meditation, reading and whatever other routines help you to decompress.

Always feel empowered to seek support in family, friends, clergy, a primary care doctor or therapist.

Are you struggling with anxiety or stress? Find resources through Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

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