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XGAMEGIRL Posts: 5
7/24/07 9:24 A

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Hi - I am not a teacher or a parent but this topic is really important to me. I feel like most overweight adults have been affected by childhood obesity. My dream is to work to help stop this serious health epidemic and stop corporations from pushing Coco Puffs and Capt Crunch on the most innocent members of our society.

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Hi! Just read about this team on the Weekly Spark and since this is something I'm working on with my kids right now, I thought I'd see what I can learn.

I have two kids. My daughter is 9 and actually does pretty well with her food choices. She will sometimes sit down in front of the tv with a bag of baby carrots and just munch the things. She is very active - last year she was on a softball team as well as doing gymnastics, and we're thinking of looking into a capoeira school (a style of martial arts disguised as dance that uses a lot of gymnastic moves). She gets up with me on weekday mornings for a 15-minute strength workout (not to muscle exhaustion so we can do it every morning).

My son is another story. He is 7 and is active in tae kwon do. You can see his muscles through his skin, so he is far from overweight. But his eating habits are attrocious. We struggle to get him to eat anything but carbohydrates. Last night I gave him four cubes of beef - he chewed up two but only swallowed one, claiming they were too hard to swallow (they were *very* tender and very small). He eats almost no fruits or vegetables. He does love milk. If he had his choice, he would eat chicken nuggets and french fries for all of his lunches and dinners (and don't bother suggesting I try doing that so he'll get bored - after three months of making chicken nuggets and french fries every day, I determined it wasn't going to work for him). I have explained to him that french fries only give you energy - that you need protein to build your muscles and fruits/veggies to help repair your body, but he likes so few fruits and vegetables, it's hard to get him even to taste them.

Anyway, I've gone on long enough. I'm looking forward to working with you all!

-Annette

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7/24/07 8:26 A

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Hi,
I'm a 47 yr old mom of a 15 yr old who is not overweight. She needs to run 2 miles in under 16 minutes for soccer this fall and I'm having a hard time getting her motivated to run. I've taken her to the YMCA twice to the treadmill,but she needs to run every day between now and the time school starts to meet this requirement. Any suggestions?

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7/24/07 8:02 A

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Hi, I am a high school teacher. I have been struggling with obesity all my life and know the problems kids face socially when they are overweight (first hand and through observation) and also what medical problems they face.

I have lost a total of 258 pounds to date and would like to use my success to encourage students to be more active and eat better.

Although parents have a lot of control over what their kids eat at home, once they walk out the door, the kids themselves make the choices and most make bad ones----cheese fries, quarts of sugary "sports" drinks, family-sized bags of Doritos for breakfast, and HOURS parked in front of video games and TV. Even many of the high school athletes are overweight (the football teams are just out of control and encouraged to eat more) or, in the case of wrestlers, learning to purge to make weight class. On the opposite side but another weight issue is the extreme some girls and a few boys go to to be extremely thin---the media publicizing the latest model diet of diet Coke and gum will do nothing to help these children who are headed to a life of weight issues.

Ooops! Got going there on my soap box.....

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7/21/07 9:40 P

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Hi, my name is Charlotte but my friends call me Charlie, I'm 19 and I love to dance.
I have no children and am currently single. I'll be attending William and Mary in August and I want to make sure that I look amazing. This will be my sophmore year at the college and I'm super excited not to be a freshman anymore. I need to make my first official appearance as someone of importance in the chool in a healthy body so thats why i'm a here....

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7/21/07 6:55 P

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Hello All. My name is Janet and I have a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. My children are pretty active, they play soccer, t-ball (my son), basketball and they swim all summer. My main concern is my daughter. She is slightly overweight but she lives to eat instead of the other way around. She thinks about food constantly. It goes back to when I was nursing her but that's a long story for another time. Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting new ideas and sharing my own with the rest of you.

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Thanks Salster! I'll definitely try the cauliflower thing, he's been amenable to trying new things as long as they don't look too wierd or taste way funky :)
I'll keep the "if you keep feeding it to them..." in mind, and now the next step is to convince dad we have to stop buying so many sweets! I think he will agree and do his best. It will be hard, he has a horrible sweet tooth, and we are often stopping for ice cream or other goodies to "celebrate" a fun day. Not a good habit, I know.
Hmmm. I'm going to start a new thread with the topic "how do you encourage your kids to eat better and exercise?"
I think everyone would like to see what ideas they can get from others on this forum!

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If you focus on change, you will get results.
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7/20/07 1:21 P

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I've always heard if you keep feeding it to them, they will eat it! This has worked pretty well in my family. I have a 10 year old daughter that at last weigh in, was 99.5 pounds. I'm pretty sure she's gained weight since Summer began because she's home alone all day with access to the fridge, and she looks bigger! emoticon
We had a talk last night and she really wants to loose her tummy before school starts on 8/27, so we made her a food journal! I realize it's an honor system kinda thing, but I won't be buying cookies or other treats as much, and she has the desire to change!
Anyway, all three of my kids (10, 5, 2 1/2) LOVE zucchini and squash! I sautee it with olive oil and just season with salt and pepper...or if you are grilling you can brush with oil! What about mashed potatoes? If your son likes those try boiling cauliflower till soft and tossing in a food processor with butter and milk...tastes nearly the same! We also drizzle the "tops" with olive oil and bake until golden (about 30 min on 360) in the oven and you can finish by broiling just a little too -- WAY YUMMY!

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Hi, my name is Joanna. I live in Alaska and have an 11 year old son at home who weighs about 120lbs. His dad's family are all overweight, and a few in my family tend to be heavy, but not too bad. I've ben working on helping my son learn to eat healthier, but Dad tends to fold and buy him ice cream and chips and things. I've gotten to the point where I realize I can't just do it quietly, I have to enlist Dad's help here. I was hoping I could encourage our son to drink more water (he does) eat more fruit (he does) and eat less junk (not so much success there). Vegetables are tricky, he really doesn't like them, except maybe carrots and corn :)
Any advice on recipes or ways to encourage healthier eating for my son is welcome!
I'm really looking forward to the discussions on this team.

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7/19/07 1:08 P

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Thanks for the suggestions on finding ways to incorporate health and fitness into my daily lessons. Unfortunately, I teach middle school so it's a little bigger challenge. Many of their bad habits are already in place, and it's difficult to get them onboard with new things. That doesn't mean I'm not going to try my hardest, though! I also have the challenge of finding time to fit in the necessary curriculum elements, without adding my own personal agenda to the mix! Luckily, my students will have p.e. three days this coming year. And I am on the third floor, so they do get that exercise each day! emoticon

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7/19/07 10:06 A

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Hi, I'm Marty emoticon
I have no kids and I only just now found this site because of an email. I do work at a k-8 school and I have been trying to start a health/fitness class there. We currently have nothing more active than dance or drama.
I am also a personal trainer and I offer all staff and parents at the school discounts on sessions to encourage "model" behavior for the kids.
I welcome any advice for getting this fitness program off the ground. I also look forward to reading posts for great ideas!

~Marty :)

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7/19/07 8:53 A

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Hello.I am the mother to 4 children,ages 11,9,4 and 1.5 years. The 2 oldest are my biggest kids. My son was born big and was about 45 pounds at 2 years old.He was nursed until he was over 4 years old and ate healthy food.We do not have soda or chips or candy in the house,never have.My oldest Daughter (11) weighs almost as much as me and wears alot of my clothes! She tends to be sluggish,drives me crazy!! I try not to nag too much,but I know i do sometimes. My son is much more active and is slowly slimming down.They are both very tall for their ages. My 2 youngest don't have an issue yet with food,hopefully we can keep it that way!Well enough about us! looking forward to reading about everyone's family.

 
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Hello everyone!
My name is Vicky and I am overweight (ticker in kilograms), slowly losing weight with the help of SP.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to help my daughter with her weight.
She's 17 and obese, and big part of it comes from the poor body image and bad habits she has picked up from me.

Even though I did not teach her to love her body when she was little, I'm hoping I can do it now, by setting a good example!

I realize I can't make the decisions or choices for her; I cannot force her to change at a pace that is desireable to me; I just want to help her in any way I can.

I am truly thankful for this team!!!

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7/18/07 10:01 P

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Hi and welcome to each of you, I am so glad that you are joining this team, this is just the thing we needed to help our young people to obtain a healthy lifestyle now.
It starts with just one small group and explodes to many, let's get the word out, and get as many people as we can involved with helping our kids.


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7/18/07 9:43 P

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Hi, I am Lisa...just found this team..how awesome. I have 3 kids...my youngest is overweight...she eats from boredom..I am trying to monitor it a bit...I hope to learn lots on here.

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7/18/07 8:29 P

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Hello! I was going through my e mails and found a little piece talking about thios team.I had to come check it out.Now I nust admit I have not been very active around here lately.I am married with 4 kids 3 boys 18,15and 12 and 1 daughter 9.The 18,12,and 9 year old are overweight.My daughter being the worst.She is actually the one who inspired me to finally get moving and do somethiong about myself.I have always kind of struggled with my weight since about 8th grade.I don't want her to have the same struggles.For a little over a year now I have slowly been buying healthier,less fattening foods.I have lost 40 ponds total unless you count when I put 15 back on then lost them again.I started working 2 jobs back in March and have slackes seriously since.I need to get back on track and use sp.My daughter plays softball in the spring and fall and is also a football cheerleader.But other than that she really does not get much physical activity.She is actually I don;t know how tall she is but she is 100 ponds.I guess she comes about my chest and I am 5'6.Wow look at me go on and on.Sorry.

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I'm mom to two (almost 8 and just 4). We talk a lot about food and nutrition, and it's fun to see them start to make their own choices.

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"WOW!! Reading the stories of my team members, looking at their spark pages, reading your blogs...i'm convinced, I found the RIGHT team to join!!!

 
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Hi my name is Cheryl I have 2 boys 9 and 5. I an determined not to have my boys go through what I did when I was growing up. I am trying to get them to eat a little healthier day by day. They are very active and I am to keep it that way.

I will win this war over my weight. As hard as this road is it's well worth it.


 
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Hi y'all,

I am a mother of two boys, 9 and 6. They love being outside unless good cartoons are on. I am trying to make sure we keep up the better habits of being outside. We just moved so they are still trying to make friends. They make sure we go walking every night. My youngest is a picky eater so I am all ears for good recipe ideas and snack ideas.

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Hi Everyone,
My name is Jeaninne and I am a mother of 4. I am very passionate about the Obesity epidemic we have going on in our society today. I have been dedicated to teaching my children and any other who will listen to creating good habits that will sustain their lives.

I would love to be a part of this forum and look forward to making a difference for people who want to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Hi everyone,
My name is sherrie. I have two daughters age 18 and 14. The 18 year old is into taking care of herself, but the 14 year old is taking after her mother and already obese. She's 5'2 and weighs 160. She wants help but our dynamic isn't always helpful. Anyway, I'm most interested in helping my teen become healthy.

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Thanks, I really appreciate the support.

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Hi Ladies

welcome Tabitha, Ellie
It's good to have you with us.
welcome to the team. I'll try to be supportive and encourage your onward to your goal(s) . I'll be there with you all the way to accomplish and wish you good luck. Take 1 day at a time and you will do really great. myspace.com/unicornlover_55
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Hello, my name is Tabitha. I am interested in helping kids stay healthy. I come from a larger family and have struggled off and on with weight since I was a child. Now my number one goal is to teach my son (6) healthy choices. I want healthy eating and exercise to be a part of who and what he is so that he never has to struggle as I have. It is easier to learn a healthy life style young.

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Hi everyone...i'm Ellie, 23, recently graduated, currently working in the arts. I am not a teacher or parent or anything, but I have been a victim of obesity since i was a child. So I would to learn how to help children, because I believe that if you educate a person when he/she is still young, the healthy lifestyle grows with him/her, and not find him/herself to wake up one morning and realise: "Damn...I'm fat!!"

I've blogged about my personal experience in my blog, and wouldnt want other kids to go through my same experience. It's nasty to see your friends growing up into beautiful slender women, when you have been overweight or even obese as a child.

So I am here to educate myself and would love to be a trainer/teacher/whatsoever to help children and even my own in the future into leading a healthier lifestyle.

Cheers and hello to everyone :)

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TDC.. you could experiment with different recipes to find ways that he will eat some veggies. They can also be hidden in casseroles. Perhaps just raw with a dip he would like. There's bound to be something he likes... you could also try some of the things I'm doing as listed in my long post below. I hope you find something that helps. You will probably have to get creative :)

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Misty, first of all, set a good example by the way YOU eat. Also, if you limit the sodium and fats in your cooking, you can get a little processor and make your own baby foods, processing just enough that it's safe for him. That's what I did a lot... Also, somethings just mush up pretty good with a fork :) Then there's the yummy things to just offer... those little nummys that little ones like to eat with their fingers: cooked peas, carrot cubes, tater cubes, etc... offer variety, you'll appreciate it more when he's older. My kids are always willing to try something new, and there's only a few things that each of them won't eat... but they have friends who were raised on hot dogs & pizza and pretty much won't eat anything else, let alone try anything new! that can be very frustrating.

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Hi I am very interested in this subject I have to children a boy 7 and a girl 13.My daughter has always been a healthy weight but my son is another story. He had really bad asthma when he was a baby,so he was on a lot of steriods and that is what the doctors believe most of his weight came from.He's in school now and kids can be cruel.We try to exercize,he also almost completely refuses to eat vegetables.So any help or ideas any one has will be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Misty,
First things first...Introduce him to healthy foods IMMEDIATELY and keep it going!! Although we're SURROUNDED by fast food(s), doesn't mean we have to use them to our advantage. The ONLY good thing about them is that they're convenient. If you're a working mom or just a BUSY mom (then again isn't "busy" and "mom" synonymous with each other??) sometimes we don't have the time, energy nor desire to cook. If you MUST do fast food, seek out healthy alternatives/choices (some places DO have them.) And if that's not enough incentive, take a look at the nutritional information these places provide on their food. It's mind-boggling!!!

Since you're son is just starting, this is a great time because YOU have control and YOU set the perimeters. If you instill healthy eating habits in him while young, and consistently maintain them, they'll CONTINUE to follow!! (And in the meantime, we're all here to help along the way :-)

Much success to you!!



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Hi,
I'm a kindergarten teacher, and very concerned about keeping my kids moving. We start the day with some dancing and try to incorporate movement in our learning. Also we ask for healthy snacks. I try to introduce new healthy foods to go with the letter we are working on. Unfortunately with the push for academics at an earlier age we get less free time. emoticon

 
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Teachermom, I'm not a teacher, but I have subbed a lot... When the kids (usually the littler ones) are seemingly bored or if we had some extra time, I had them play follow the leader in which I would march around the room and do various things they had to copy while marching behind me. They seemed to really enjoy that. Animals and airplanes were quite popular as well as challanging moves like trying to do jumping jacks while still moving forward :) They were exercising and didn't ever realize it :)

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Hello all. This topic is also very near to my heart. I am a mother of two preschoolers and an elementary teacher so I am very concerned about all of the recent press regarding childhood obesity. I am hoping to get some ideas from other members on how I can incorporate healthier eating and exercise into my daily curriculum. This coming school year, I am planning to start every morning with some jumping jacks and maybe work some other activities in between other subjects. I'm also planning on listing a healthy fact of the week each week - a motivational message with a suggestion on how to live healthier. The main message I want to convey is that it is so much easier to start your life with healthy habits, than to try to change bad habits later on!

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Hello everyone. My name is Misty. I have one child who will be turning 1 next month (where does the time go). He is starting to eat table food and I need some ideas to get him off to a good start. I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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MAMA,
Not yet... Thank you for your comment....ERNA

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Hi, my name is Caryn. I have 2 daughters, 11 and 8. They are both overweight. The doctor told us that our youngest daughter is insulin resistant last week and she is currently taking meds for that. We are very concerned. We are helping her with diet and exercise and staying very positive. SP helps motivate me in a happy, positive way. It's great that all of us have the same goals of weightloss and staying active (all us girls anyway, my husband has no problem losing weight and has a very active job, but he is also very supportive). I am also an educator of 10 years. Glad to be here! Caryn

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Erna, I don't think it's ever too late to want our kids to be healthy. Even if all you can do is tell them healthy things you learn. Do you have grandkids? Same applies... I think you'll be welcome here :) Not to mention the healthy treats and meals you can offer. :)

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Hi Ladies,
I don't know if I can join this team, b/c my sons ages are 36, 30, and 17. This team probably deals with younger children than mine. I guess I'll wait and see if they ask me to leave.

My name is ERNA and I'm Ky.

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Aloha! I have 4 children ages 16, 13, 11 & 6. 3 of my 4 are already overweight, none of them are very sporty types... computers, video games, and music are more their likings, however, they do play a vigorous round of hide and go seek sometimes LOL.

After getting myself focused on weight and health issues, I have begun buying healthier foods for my family as well. It was harder for my hubby to change, I would have to specifically tell him NOT to buy chips & other junk, but he's getting it now :).

We are all overweight, except one daughter, 13, who seems to be naturally thin... her bmi is just under 19, the rest of us are upper 20's and over 30. This must change.

Some changes I have made...

Grocery shopping... I'm trying to buy healthier. Less junk, more nutrition. However, I have not put my kids on a diet. They all have some growing to do, so I just want them to stop gaining weight and let their height catch up with their weight. And at the same time, learn new healthy eating habits.

I no longer cook with salt, and I have removed the salt shaker from the table... high blood pressure and heart disease run in our families... gotta work on preventing that now.

I now only offer my kids one serving of a stated item... like 1/2 cup of ice cream instead of a cereal bowl full, or 1/2 cup of pudding instead of half the package. What they can have seconds of are vegetables and fruits. Not meats or sweets.

I've switched from chips to dipping veggies in ranch dressing or a sour cream based dip, or a piece of fruit.

I have single serving size bags of microwave popcorn on hand... but if they have a dessert, they usually don't get popcorn later. Depends on how early we had dinner... it can vary from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

I do not make them eat or clean their plates... unless they are wanting to forego their green beans to save room for the brownie... nope, doesn't work that way. :)

I try hard to get them outside... we have a fort, swings, bikes, jumpropes, dirtbikes, skates, etc... to get them active.

AND I've been trying to be a better example than I have been. They're eating habits are just like mine and it' my fault, it's what I taught them... well, I'm teaching them again, but like I should have from the beginning.

Yes, I buy chips on occassion still, like when we go camping, or for parties, but not often, and when I do, I buy the more expensive single serving bags... they last longer and portions are already divvied out. And they get ONE bag. I also buy cookie and brownie MIXES. When they want a treat, my daughter bakes up a batch... that way no one eats a fourth of a package or more without thinking. I do allow sodas sometimes, but they're getting used to diet sodas, no need for all that sugar. They all like water (lucky me) so I keep bottles of water on hand and a jar full of those sugar free flavored mix-in packets. Tea is another frequent beverage in my home.

Well, we're on the right track, I think. It's hard at times, especially when they are at other's homes, and junk is readily available. Junk food is easier, and kids love it, but in the end, not worth their health. They are learning to love good-for-you foods as well... Right now I have a bowl full of cherry tomatos on my counter, ready to eat. At least 3 of my 4 love them :) There's also sliced cucumbers :)

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Hell Folks!
This topic is near and dear to my heart. I was a fat kid, and stayed fat all my life, with a few periods of moderate weight. I hit an all-time high weight of 335 when I was 40 and began to take charge of my life when I was 46. I lost 150 pounds. Have 40-50 to go. Have become a daily runner; still binge occasionally, but have done a tremendous amount of soul-searching and changing to understand this condition. I am also a 25-year vegetarian, and both of my children have been raised vegetarian. Neither of my girls have weight problems. Thank God. Because I could not think of a more painful reality than childhood obesity. I know the pain, because I have lived it. I felt cursed through adolescence, and into adulthood. My eldest daughter (23) is a daily runner and very conscious of her health. However, I do see my youngest daughter (almost 12) developing some bad habits with food and in relation to exercise. She dabbles with certain forms of exercise, but I have to really push her to participate in exercise activities with me or not. She has that lazy-slug-morose temperament that I had as a child. I have to go against the grain to move some days, even after beginning daily running a few years ago, up to 8 or 9 hours a week. It does not exactly inspire me to be active when I am listening to the TV blaring and I know my daughter is in front of it, usuallly munching on something! In fact, it drives me crazy! So it is a two-way street. I try to show and live by example. But sometimes, it just gets frustrating, trying to find an activity that she might enjoy. Swimming seems to be the only one, and a bit of soccer ball bantering. But in general, this issue of childhood obesity and inactivity is an area of concern for me. Ta, Reggie

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I am so glad to be here! I have a 10 year old son who does not care for sports and likes video games and computers instead. I also have a 7 year old daughter who had CANCER (Wilm's Tumor) and had her left kidney removed when she was 3 years old. Healthy kids is definitely a team that I want to be on. I understand times have changed and kids have different interests than we used to have when I was growing up in the 70's. I truthfully can count on 1 hand the number of obese children in my schools or neighborhood growing up because we got outside and ran and played. Even in the winter, we would be outside making snow forts, snowball fights, riding sleds (you remember the wooden sleds w/metal skids). We would play outside until we couldn't feel our feet or faces cuz it was so much fun. In the summer (after summer camp was over), even when there were heat waves, we would wait for the sun to get low and then go outside to play or go to the airconditioned community center to play in the gym. I want my kids to be healthy and happy like I was growing up and I am looking forward to sharing and getting inexpensive ideas to keep the kids active that they will both be interested in and will love. SODA is a huge culprit for why kids are obese today. If parents cut the soda consumption, they would have cut 50% of the fattening things their children consume. High Fructose Corn Syrup is BAD and it's a shame manufacturers know it is but continue to sell it. I try to avoid it as much as I can because when they did research, HFCS made the lab rats gain 25 to 30% more weight than the ones without it. Multiply that for human consumption and you have a huge reason for obese kids and adults. I am proud of my husband and myself because my son does not like soda/pop or candy. When he was little, I never allowed him to have any soda and now he does not even like it. He may have some Big League chewing gum (shredded bubble gum) or nerds once in a while and he likes to collect the candy on halloween to compete with other kids and does not eat much of it and other than that, candy and soda is not his thing. My daughter is different, she likes candy and soda but only if it's around the house which it's not that much. She prefers decaffeinated sweet tea and flavored water. We have diet sodas at home but I don't allow her to have any so she doesn't ask for it. She may drink soda in a pinch but she won't drink the whole thing. At least I have that part of the battle under control. Convenience foods were our weakness but we have gotten better with those.

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7/17/07 8:49 A

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Hi my name is Julie and I am the mother of three children ages 5yrs, 8yrs, and 13yrs. Health and wellness is important to me and I have struggled with weight my entire adult life. I lost 100 pounds over the course of 4 years through diet and exercise. I am still struggling with the last 50 pounds and have managed to maintain for last year. My 13yr. old is now stuggling with her weight. We have tried many things including trying to get her doctor on board, going to weight watchers together ect.. Fustrated I decided I needed to develop a program for teens that would work. So I just started a program for teens who have weight and self-esteem issues - this will be our second week into this 8 week program. We meet twice a week as a group which has 10 teens involved - to workout together, have fun and socialize. So one day Tues. is just for physical exercise and socializing then on Fridays we meet to talk about issues, challenges, share stories, set weekly goal, and learn about healthy lifestyle change. There is a dietician who will be talking with the kids, and a physical fitness coach who will also do a presentation designed for the group. Lots of great things planned for our 8 weeks together. I joined the group to get even more ideas that I can incorporate into my program or use with my daughter and sons. I am looking forward to hearing about what you are all doing and what is working and or not.
I am thrilled to report that my daughter who was struggling with drinking water is now up to 6 glasses a day and has replaced high calorie drinks with water. I am proud! :)


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This team's focus is near and dear to my heart. My kids are the reason I began losing weight, and FINALLY made the decision that I HAVE to keep it off this time! I have lost 75 pounds and am getting near my weight loss goal. But my bigger goal is a lifetime of fitness and good health that I can pass on to my children. I am so glad this group has been formed. I hope we can all help and encourage eachother to do what we know is right...for ourselves, and our children.

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Your name "Benevolence" means: disposition to do good; an act of kindness; a generous gift. All of the above describes you when it comes to your son. Because you're concerned about his eating habits and are willing to do whatever it takes for them to improve, shows the care and love you have for him. Making positive changes for his health is one of the KINDEST things you could do for him. Just remember, small steps. Don't throw everything on him at once. My son is a junk food lover, but thankfully, he loves water more than any other beverage. Have you ever thought about vegetables and dips? Yeah, I know it sounds "corny" and unrealistic. But you'd be surprised!! Vegetable dips made w/low-fat or even non-fat sour cream with carrots, celery, broccoli - or even wheat crackers (like "Wheat thins"). He'll still have that "crunch" and at the same time will be eating healthier!! It's NOT a losing battle - don't let anyone tell you different. The hardest part is consistency, but in the end, it'll DEFINITELY be worthwhile!!!

I'm pulling for you...ALL of your team members are pulling for you!!!

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Hello everyone. My name is Kieran at this time I don't have any children but I do have a 2 year old niece that is my heart and soul. I watch her eating habits that are instilled in her at a young age and cringe to think of her future. Her daily weekly meals alternate between fried chicken, french fries or pizza from a restaurants she knows from the signs. It was even sadder when she ate vegetables and her mom's response was "oh I didn't think she would like those". Weekends used to be more structured with more water in her system but now that only washes down the cookies she just ate. Regular water is replaced w/sapri sun water it looks like juice but it's really flavored water. She already has asthma and digestive problems. I just can't stand to see her suffer anymore by the foods she is given. Obesity in children has got to stop and we as adults have to stop it.

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Hello all, a very dear lady brought this team to my attention, and I owe her many thanks. I too am doing this to have a longer life with my kids. My son is severely obese and my daughter is ballerina thin, night and day. I recanted my son's story in an email to my friend, and might cry if I have to retype it. It is tough putting in print what I see every day, but what's worse is that I know his habits are a direct reflection of how I used to eat and live. My daughter is 3 and was born at a time when I had learned the lesson. My son is 12 and is the product of many poor choices during those lessons. His weight and poor habits reflect it, and I know I have to do something drastic and something soon. I hope this team can help with that. I am glad to be a part.
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Hello Ladies,

My name is "Vee". I have 2 sons - 17 and 10. Both were healthy babies at birth. My oldest was almost 9 lbs. and the youngest was a few ounces shy of 10 lbs. Looking at them you can't tell there's a 7 yr. difference between the two!! The youngest has caught up w/the oldest and that concerns me, only because he has the POTENTIAL to get bigger (he's actually thicker than the oldest and only a few inches shorter). I'm homeschooling him so he doesn't get as much activity as when he was in school (although the gym program left a lot to be desired!!!). He plays ball with his brother and friends a few days during the week and on weekends, but I want to have something else for him to do for those days when he can't get out because of the heat and changing temps (he has asthma and allergies w/seems to take turns!!). So ANY ideas, suggestions I can get is GREATLY appreciated!!! (And If I come up with any, i'll be sure to pass them on!!)

Best wishes and much success to you ALL!!!

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My name is Cash. I have 2 children: daughter 13 and son 4. Since I've been on my journey to get healthier, I've made changes in the food I buy for my family. Surprisingly my family has been extremely receptive to the changes.

I also encourage both of my children to get active by getting involved in sports.

I'm hoping that these changes will carry-over into their adult lives.

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Hi I'm J'quista a 28 year old mom of three kids (10, soon to be 7, and 19 months). I'm getting healthy for them! I want to be a positive role model in their lives. My daughter is already "obese" and has to see a nutritionist because of it, I know genes play a role but environment plays an even bigger one. I am working on having a healthy and happy family, I was an overweight kid since the age of three and I don't want her to experience what I have gone through.

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Hi, I'm Michelle and I have 3 girls ages 14, 10, and 6.

Sunday is family time in our household and has been since my kids were born. We like to spend time bowling, swimming, hiking, and cycling.

My kids are pretty active and healthy, but there is always room for improvement. I hope to share ideas with all of you for ways to get your kids more active while learning new ideas to keep my own family active!

 
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