As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. We want them to be happy and successful. And we’ll do anything in our power to help. In fact, today’s parents have been criticized for being too overprotective and overinvested in their children. You might think, then, that kids are better off than ever. Not so. Today’s children have pressures and problems that previous generations didn’t experience, including significant stress (hyper-busyness and college competition, anyone?), obesity (the percentage of overweight children has more than doubled in the last 30 years), and lack of sleep (nearly half of all kids don’t get the amount they need) — all of which contribute to poor health. And if our children aren’t healthy, it’s much harder for them to be happy and successful.
Here’s the catch: Many parents don’t recognize that their child is at an unhealthy weight or feeling stressed or not getting enough sleep. Which means that before we can help our kids make healthy changes, we need to take a closer look at their lifestyle and habits. In our Healthy Kids package, top experts at the Cleveland Clinic offer their best advice on these topics. Cleveland Clinic Chief Wellness Officer, Michael F. Roizen, M.D., helps parents identify and solve weight problems in children, plus he takes a critical look at school day meals. Dr. Ellen Rome offers ways to tell if your child is overscheduled — and what you can do about it. And Dr. Margaret Richards offers advice for helping kids get the sleep they need. With this information in hand, you’ll be ready to help your kids live their healthiest lives.
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