At RDS Insurance Brokers, we understand how hectic our lives get during the school year. With busy school days it is easy to get off track with our health. Here are some facts to help keep all of us inspired to be healthier, at least most of the time. Moderation is always key.
- Children and teens who regularly drink sodas and other sweetened beverages are up to 60% more likely to be overweight.
- People who consume 1 to 2 sugary drinks or more a day are at a 26% greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than 2 servings of a sugary drink a day were at a 40% higher risk for heart attack.
- Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day to stay healthy and strong. Programs such as Play 60 Challenge can help with ideas.
- Parents that lead an active lifestyle not only show their kids a good example, but are healthier than parents that are sedentary.
- Children who eat breakfast each day are more likely to have diets high in important nutrients, tend to have healthier weights, and have fewer absences from school.
- Breakfasts high in protein and fiber, but low in sugar, improve attention span, memory and concentration in school.
Make sure you, the parent, are eating breakfast also. Not only for the same health benefits as your children, but also to set a good example.