Posts Tagged ‘Fun Fitness’

March Is National Nutrition Month

March is “National Nutrition month” which was developed in 1973 as a way to increase the public’s awareness of good nutrition.

This years theme is “Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right” which encourages you to make healthy choices that also taste good so that you will enjoy what you eat.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics directed me to a tip sheet about 20 ways to enjoy more fruits and veggies and I thought it had some great ideas.  Here are a few ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your families diet. Find more tips at:

http://www.kiddoscatering.com

1.         Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.

2.         Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.

3.         Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana

4.         Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla

G3 is committed to motivating youth to “Get Moving, Get Knowledge, Get Healthy and Strong”. Join us for fun fitness classes that include tasteful Nutrition lessons. Contact us at g3healthandfitness@gmail.com to learn more about ongoing classes for kids 8-13.

Yours in Health and Fitness,

Cynthia Carpenter

Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Change is sometimes a good thing, but when it comes to children’s physical activity and nutrition, the changes that we have seen over the past decade are not positive. About 1/3 of all children in America are obese. Childhood Obesity is escalating at a disproportionate rate, especially in the African American communities. When we think about the correlation between obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, the numbers are staggering.

So what’s changed? I recently heard Dr. Darrin Anderson share information on Childhood Obesity. He cited three main causes:
1. Less active playtime
2. Eating more fast food
3. In poorer communities there are fewer corner grocers in walking distance selling fresh vegetables and fruit.

I can relate to all three of them. Reflecting on my childhood, I remember walking several blocks to school. All the kids on the street spent a big part of their free time having fun running and playing outside. We didn’t eat at fast food restaurants instead our Moms cooked at home.

Today, things are different for our kids. If they are not involved with organized sports, then TV, computer and video games may fill a big chunk of their time. The only exercise they’re getting with these activities are pushing the remote buttons or jumping up to get snacks filled with sugar and fat.

Here is the good news! G3 Health and Fitness is a non-profit corporation which was formed to fight Childhood Obesity. As a pharmaceutical rep calling on Dialysis clinics, I saw firsthand how poor diet and inactivity can lead to fatal chronic diseases. Our team of professionals working on this initiative is passionate and committed about the health of our children. We are partnering with community centers and organizations to offer fun fitness sessions, demo healthy cooking and offer health and wellness education. G3’s vision is comprehensive, including volunteer opportunities for upper level students to stay active through a mentoring program. This blog is dedicated to keeping the issue of Childhood Obesity front and center. G3 Health and Fitness goal is to help kids and their families get the G Factor – “Get Moving, Get Knowledge and Get Healthy and Strong.”

Cynthia Carpenter

G3 Health and Fitness
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