By Abbey Khan
Parents know being involved in their children’s lives helps keep them away from drugs and alcohol, and premature sex and violence. Unfortunately, because parents fail to teach their kids about the benefits of proper nutrition, young people develop eating disorders or turn to steroids to obtain the unhealthy body images portrayed in the media. Still, other children and teens suffer from obesity which results in complications such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
The overwhelming presence of fast food, soft drinks, and vending machines in school cafeterias also contribute to bad eating habits. While these foods may seem satisfying, they have low intakes of vitamins and minerals, and high intakes of calories, fat, and carbohydrates.
Understanding the severity of bad eating habits, health and fitness expert Steve Coons and his business partner Kevin Murdoch created The Lifestyle Journey Program for children between the ages of 7-14. For the past three years, this system has provided parents and children with the necessary tools in becoming healthier individuals. Coons says, “Our program is successful because it is about implementation rather than information.”
Unlike most diets, this five-phase program allows participants to develop healthy eating habits by tracking their daily food and activity choices. The steps include identifying the problem, deciding which areas to work on, weighing the pros and cons, creating strategies to correct the problem, and finally tracking their choices in a twenty-day period.
In addition to adapting a healthier and more physically active lifestyle, the program also affects the child’s overall well-being. They have better self-esteem, they gain the confidence to make the right decisions for themselves in social settings, and they will be less likely to smoke since seeing the value of a healthy lifestyle.
Parents can order The Lifestyle Journey Program for their sons and daughters at www.lifestylejourney.com for $129.00. Teachers can also get involved with a school-based version by logging onto www.ideasforpeople.com. To learn more about the program, please call 1-866-660-6659.
For such a small price, parents and their children are rewarded with a lifetime of good health.