Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is the perfect time to talk about the importance of balancing the all-important energy equation. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple. The energy equation is all about balancing the food you eat with the physical activity you do. If each day you balance your food intake (calories you eat) with your physical activity output (calories you burn), your weight should stay the same.
We encourage you to try making small changes each day to work toward balancing your own energy equation. Make sure to follow the 4 OrganWise Guys rules that consist of: eating low-fat foods, eating high-fiber foods, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of exercise.
Also, here are some easy ways to increase your entire family’s physical activity:
- Turn off the television and shut down the video games
- Go for family walks
- Play soccer or jump rope outside after dinner
- Park your car in a spot far away from the location you are visiting
- Take the stairs rather than an elevator
We offer a set of books to help discuss this energy equation with your kids. The first book, Pepto’s Place focuses on the eating side of the equation, while Balancing the Energy Equation focuses on the physical activity side of it. They can be a great resource to help your kids understand it in a simplistic way!
We also have great partners in TogetherCounts, started by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, whose entire mission is to help reduce childhood obesity by balancing this energy equation discussed above. They have a number of resources for families who are striving to live active and healthier lifestyles. Make sure to check them out!