Children’s Healthy Environments: Is That Important?

by Nadine Staaf

in Children's Health

Children's healthy environmentsChildren’s healthy environments are important, yes? I read the other day that our children are expected to live shorter lives than us due to a myriad of factors, specifically the lifestyles we are living, the chemicals we’re using, the food we’re eating and the sedentary ways we have adopted. I am a parent of a 5-year old, so this means something to me. If you’re a parent, what do you think? Please take a moment to comment below.

The Health of Our Next Generation

I read an excellent article on the David Suzuki website called “Healthy Children Need A Healthy Environment.” Can anyone really disagree with the title of that article? No. Yet parents struggle to actually make changes for all sorts of reasons. Parents get stuck on those reasons and don’t move ahead with the changes they know will be beneficial for their families.

What are some of the reasons people opt-out of health? THOUGHTS

  1. It’s too hard to make the switch to healthy alternatives (“my kids don’t like eating healthier foods”)
  2. It’s too expensive to be healthy (“medication is free, non-organic is cheaper”)
  3. It takes too much time (“I don’t have the time to workout”)

Children’s Healthy Environments: Prevention

If prevention will make it so that you can be around long enough to be a healthy role model for your grand children, would you start waking up 20 minutes earlier so you can walk instead of drive? Would you change the food you’re eating, even if your kids kick up a fuss for the first few weeks?

Dr. Lanphear says “children eat more food, drink more fluids and inhale more air than adults, pound for pound.” He goes on to explain how “young children also lack enzymes that help detoxify some chemicals. And they are more susceptible to diseases.”

Does it matter then what kind of air they’re breathing?
Does it matter the quality of food they’re eating?
Does it matter the quality of their water?

When people understand this, they have a choice. Let’s work together to create children’s healthy environments for them to grow up in.

Children’s Healthy Environments: Is That Important?

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Nadine Staaf is a Nikken Wellness Consultant serving USA and Canada with Nikken Products and a business opportunity in total wellness. See Nadine's full story Nadine Staaf's Nikken Story

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The Practical Social Media University December 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

Really makes a difference to stay fit and healthy!


Nadine December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

You’re right! What a difference! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! We appreciate it :)


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