Monday, November 3, 2008

Make The Holidays About More Than Just Feasting

"The holidays are often as wonderful as they are stressful not only for parents, but for kids as well. It can be easy to skip meals, eat too many treats, and loaf around. University of Rochester Medical Center eating disorders and childhood obesity experts, alike, say we should be careful not to lose our healthy eating habits. ‘Focus on being with family, friends and loved ones, rather than 'what's to eat,’ said Richard E. Kreipe, M.D., professor of the pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and an eating disorders expert. Model healthy eating and promote family activities to ensure a happy and healthy holiday environment for kids and their families. Cold weather doesn't have to limit activity during holiday seasons. There is plenty that families can do to get off the couch and enjoy one another's company. ‘Going for a nice brisk walk, especially after eating a heavy meal, can be refreshing and relaxing,’ Kreipe said. ‘Play family games together, play music and dance,’ encouraged Cook. ‘Engaging in activities that don't center on food invites everyone to participate. Plus, it is a healthier alternative to watching the game with a bowl of chips.’ Make the holidays about more than just eating and gift-giving. Get creative and carve out fun activities to do with the entire family for a fulfilling and memorable holiday season.”

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