Yesterday marked Parents’ Day 2012, a time to recognize the important role parents play in their children’s lives and celebrate the love and bond between parental figures and child. Parent’s Day “aims to promote responsible parenting and to recognize positive parental role models.”
Parents have a lot to do in a day -- play dates, doctor’s appointments, and science projects—the most important may be the one we least think about: influence over a child's healthy lifestyle and weight. Today nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Research has found that a child’s risk for adult obesity doubles if a parent is obese, so it is important for parents to be healthy as well.
Luckily, there is information about how parents can help their child stay at or get to a healthy weight.
The role of a parent is crucial in the nurturing and development of children. What is your community doing to support parents? What do you do, as a parent, to ensure a healthy life for your children?
Want to know more?
National Parent’s Day Council: http://www.parentsday.com/
University of Michigan Child Development Resources: http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/
Strategies and Solutions to Childhood Obesity: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/solutions.html