Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Good eating--it's childsplay

If good health were as simple as eating more fruit and veggies and exercising 30 minutes a day, says Audra Rankin, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins, everyone would be fit.

Not sure about that claim, but I do think kids could be enlisted into their own "health" changes.

Rankin has co-authored a book called Gordon Galloway's Mealtime Makeover--a tale of a young cow who loves junk food and doesn't get enough physical activity.

Gordon breaks down his changes into bite-size pieces (sorry)--such as eliminating one soda a week or taking a walk after dinner each day.

Beyond the book, Rankin has created a four-week program called "Lit and Fit." It's being rolled out in Kentucky. Kids and parents not only get the Gordon book but training in making healthy meals.

The latter could be effective---kids will eat what they prepare and will buy into something in which they have an active role. Adults, too.

About that title "Lit and Fit." I assume it means "lit" for literature--meaning the book--and not lit as in stoned. As we know, the latter will not lead to the healthiest food or lifestyle choices.

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