The physical and social environment that exist today and that affect today's children are very different from years gone by. Recent research suggests that despite the importance of a healthy lifestyle, many children suffer from lack of activity and poor eating habits. According to a survey on the Health Behaviours of School Aged Children between 1990 and 1998:
fewer Canadian students aged 11 to 15 exercised two or more times a week outside of school hours
the percentage of Canadian students who watched TV four or more hours per day increased, and
Canadian children reported playing video games more than 4 hours per week.
MOTHERS in MOTION is an investment in you and in your family's health. Our goal is to help you maintain or attain a physically active lifestyle while being a role model for your children to do the same!
Physical activity is the BEST investment plan on the market. It offers a lifetime of MAJOR health returns! The benefits of being involved in sport and physical activity increase the older your children are. They depend on you to show the way.
Physical activity can:
With all this return on your investment, now is a great time to start!
The way your child develops depends to a large extent on the beliefs, attitudes, and actions that you and your partner have.
Childhood is a prime time to learn about and act on the skills and habits for lifelong physical activity, wise nutrition, and other healthy behaviours. "Active parents tend to have active kids." (Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, 1995)
Invest in strength, flexibility, and endurance activities to ensure your plan is well-rounded!
Balance it out with a variety of healthy foods and physical activities
As a new mother, you may have certain concerns that relate to health, such as:
The questions you ask as a new mother will have a strong impact on the positive lifestyle choices that you make. The benefit of these positive choices marks the beginning of healthy lifestyle habits in your children. Mothers in motion embrace healthy, active lifestyles for themselves and they are also teaching their children to do the same!
1 World Health Organization. Health and health behaviour among young people. WHO Policy Health Series: Health Policy for Children and Adolescents Issue 1: International Report. World Health Organization: Geneva; 2000.