Thursday, December 27, 2012

Guest Post: Full-On Fit: Make a New Year's Resolution to Fight Type 2 Diabetes in Children

It's that time of year again! New Year's Resolutions. I love it. This might be my favorite holiday because it's all about dreams. goals. follow through. all very important things. Today, Carolyn from Full-On Fit wants to share her dream. Carolyn's dream is important to me because Alex's Mommy (his step-mom, but whatever. woman's been his Mommy for 10 years now) is diabetic. She was diagnosed at 3 years old. She's told me stories of growing up diabetic, I was right beside her through a rough diabetic pregnancy (is there any other kind?) after the doctors told her that because of her diabetes she would never have children, she desensitized me to watching the whole finger pricking process and I know more than I ever would have expected about insulin and insulin pumps. She is constantly watching her sugar, watching what she eats, weighing this food against that food because, even with insulin, if she only eats this much of this, she can have this much of that and still ending up in the hospital at least a couple of times a year over her sugar. Then, sugar isn't the only problem, it leads to more and more. It's rough. So, when Carolyn messaged me, I had to say YES! to a guest post. Check it out...

As the days grow longer and a new year approaches, our thoughts drift toward making fresh starts for ourselves. For my family, healthy changes are critical this year. Not long ago a young cousin of mine was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to helping my family make positive lifestyle changes to combat this disease, I decided it was important to raise awareness everywhere I went. During November, American Diabetes Month, I worked alongside my family to do so. In the New Year, I plan on working at this project all 12 months.

While type 2 diabetes can often be managed and treated with diet and exercise, these same healthy activities can actually prevent the onset of the illness. According to
St. Joseph’s Hospital Cardiac Center, 1 in 3 of today’s kids are diagnosed with diabetes – and this number continues to steadily increase. The old saying tells us, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Why not start now to secure the healthy future of the children in your life?
Importance of Getting Active
Increasing physical activity helps keep kids healthy, and for those in cold-weather climates, winter can be the best time of the year for getting exercise. Parents can enjoy spending a snowy afternoon with the kids sledding, rolling up snowmen or having a snowball fight. If snow doesn’t fall in your part of the world, other outdoor activities can provide much-needed physical activity as well as family fun. Take a bike ride together, go rollerblading or spend an afternoon romping in the park. For indoor exercise you can try out some active electronic dance games on your gaming console (my cousins happen to love Just Dance!), pop in a parent-child yoga video and follow along, or simply put on some music and get into the groove.

A Healthy Diet
In addition to proper exercise, kids need a well-balanced diet. A few little changes will make a big impact. First, encourage your kids to choose whole-grain snacks and sides in place of more processed carbohydrates. Then, make sure the kids are drinking plenty of water. If they don’t care for the taste of tap water, help by offering purified drinking water or adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to the drink. Good fats from whole foods such as olives, avocados, fish and nuts should be chosen over fatty foods containing butter or anything listed as "partially hydrogenated."
Take care to guide your children toward these healthy options, but be careful to also lead by example. So they whole family can be healthy, and the kids can start to see it as a lifestyle choice instead of a short-term thing. In helping kids make healthy decisions, you could be saving their lives. That’s definitely worth the extra effort!

For ideas on how to help your child eat better, check out this article from Bec at Snagglebox- Autism Parenting Support on Helping A Selective Eater.

Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at

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