Nowadays, we know how important a good diet and physical activity are for our health. Nevertheless, the data tells us that our younger generation’s eating and physical activity habits are moving further away from what’s recommended.
As parents, we are in a privileged position to stop the sedentariness and unhealthy eating epidemic from passing on to the next generation. In fact, research has shown that the family environment is very important in ensuring that future generations adopt lifestyles that allow them to eat better and be more physically active.
If they acquire adequate eating and physical exercise habits during childhood, they will, for the most part, keep them up throughout their lives. This will help our children to prevent obesity, as well as a large number of other diseases, and to enjoy life with energy, wellbeing and good health.
Therefore, a healthy diet, together with the promotion of physical activity within families, can prove a turning point in the increasing number of obese children.
In this section, families can find information to help them in their work as educators in healthy eating and physical activity.