It's Summer! Time to get up and off the couch

There are two things that I love to do.  I love watching football and I love reading research papers.  What do these two things have in common?  They reinforce the obvious.  

It is true that there are some research studies that are ground breaking and revolutionary but many of the research papers I read conclude with the obvious and then go on to say that more research is needed.

When you watch football you often hear the commentator say something like "Well that team is going to have to score some more points if they want to win the game".  I love this.  I don't know why but it just makes me really happy.  

Besides pointing out the obvious, the research article "The Associations of Parenting Factors with Adolescent Body Mass Index in an Underserved Populationpublished online in the Journal of Obesity on May 15 (J Obes. 2013; 2013: 715618) was one of those more interesting pieces of research and actually had some very simple and helpful findings for parents who may have children at risk of obesity.

One of the most interesting findings from this study and one of the easiest things a parent can do to help their child this summer is

Set limits on sedentary behavior

Go ahead and let them play their video games for a designated amount of time but then make sure they get up and run around.

This summer empower your kids to develop a lifelong habit of good health by limiting the amount of time they sit around on the couch.  It might seem obvious but now you have scientific proof to back it up.  When your kids complain you can tell them that if they don't like it they should complain to the NIH who funded the study. 

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