Each New Year is a new opportunity for Hillsborough-area residents to focus on making positive changes in their lifestyle, exercise and diet habits. For local families, there is another reason to make and stick with these types of healthy resolutions: the choices that parents and caregivers make have a direct effect on their children's current and future health, too.
The Little Gym thinks it's important to help children develop healthy habits and enjoy an active lifestyle at an early age. To help Hillsborough-area families keep the focus on health in the New Year, Bob Bingham, President and CEO of The Little Gym International, proposes three "Parenting Resolutions" for 2012:
1. Encourage physical activity. Physical activity provides countless benefits, but it's a healthy habit that children need to develop early so that it becomes a natural part of their lifestyle as they grow.
2. Establish healthy eating habits. Keep healthy, appealing snacks on hand and set an example for your children with your own food choices. Plan low-fat meals that follow the government's MyPlate guidelines, and involve your children in meal planning and shopping. This allows families to reinforce their children's healthy food choices and helps children discover new foods and flavors.
3. Focus on your child's positive behaviors. Like adults, children respond to favorable comments and adopt behaviors that gain them attention. Try to get in the habit of catching your children at their best. Providing encouragement for good behavior or for participating in sports or other physical activities is a great way to motivate children to maintain good habits.
About The Little Gym
"We know that children are more engaged when they're excited about what they're doing," Bingham said. "Our innovative programs introduce children to physical activities that are both fun and fitness-inspired. Discovering and mastering new skills in a fun and positive way at The Little Gym helps build a foundation for a fit and healthy lifestyle."
The Little Gym introduces children ages 4 months to 12 years to physical activity through a curriculum-based program. Each week, lessons focus on developing specific physical, emotional and life skills, creating a well-rounded learning experience. Children achieve success at their own pace in a fun, caring and non-competitive environment. As children develop coordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility, they are also developing their listening, social and cognitive capacities.
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The Little Gym of Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, owned by Susan Jacques, at (919) 403-5437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Little Gym of Burlington, NC, owned by Tracey Adams, at (336) 585-1233 or email@example.com
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