Caring for our children and helping them grow healthy and strong is likely one of the most important goals for any parent. Being aware that the lifestyle choices we make and the actions we take strongly influence our healthy outcomes, parents can guide and model this wisdom for their children.
Nutrition is a good place to start; eating vital fresh food is essential while limiting the so-called “treats” — candy, cookies and other baked goods, ice cream and other sweets, chips and fries, and more. At best, 80-90% of our diet should be living foods, mostly packaged from nature—fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, buts and seeds, and beans. We are making healthy choices when we enjoy real, unprocessed foods.
Of course, learning to communicate well about our feelings, while being respectful of those around us, is another way to nourish our children and a way to keep our stress low. Our attitudes affect how we approach life, our daily choices and how we feel about ourselves. When we are treated with love, respect and have parental support as children, we more easily develop a positive outlook on life, and the way we care for our body. Proper sleep and exercise round out the 5 Keys To Staying Healthy and even though children can get away with more indiscretions than aging adults, their habits influence their health and how frequently they may become ill, even at a young age.
It’s never too early to learn about and put into practice the Keys To Staying Healthy. That’s Dr. Elson Haas’ view as a long-time preventive medicine physician and also as the playful, wise doctor known as “Dr. Sun“. With his team from Seasons Studios, he has put these ideas into action in schools and public performances, as well as created several books and apps for children, including Blimps and Whales, Count Broccula and Anatomix Comix (a CD and songbook of the body systems). Seasons Studios has also developed and sells anatomical t-shirts and socks for adults and children.www.seasonsstudios.com
Initially performed for children’s theater throughout California, this fun, educational and interactive comic book teaches kids about the human body and how to keep it healthy — physically and emotionally. Each body system and ‘spare part’ is paired with a catchy song that children love to sing along with and learn from!
Original music composed by Gary Maynard and Elson Haas, with Bethany Argisle and Robert Powell.available on seasonsstudios