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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
June 18, 2018
I have written many times over the years about keeping your kids in good health. I have seen some weird and disturbing articles and studies to tell me there are a lot of things that need to be done in this country. First…we need to get physical education back into the school. I used to be one of these lift writes, weak individuals that spoke against it because let’s face it, I have a lot of misgiving about my body and my athleticism and I did not want that to be open to public scrutiny. And I realize that far is still in my heart because even to this day, I do not know how to confront it because I never really stepped into the limelight to battle it. Second…we need to fix the school lunch system, and fast. It is one thing to feed the children of the world, it is another to be stuffing low grade meat and dairy products along with syrup drenched fruits and call that healthy. And third…we really need to stop fighting the first and second step. Never in my life were kids who’s parents could not pay the lunch program segregated from the other students and left open for mocking. Now growing up, I spent my important middle school years (you know, the years a young man turns into a garbage disposal) in a catholic school that tried its best to make sure everyone ate. They even told the boys like me to wait until everyone had been fed and maybe we could get seconds. And I really had to listen to the lunch ladies because one of them was my late aunt “Tia Carol,” who more often than not saw through my pathetic begging (but like a good aunt, gave me the heads up when we could get seconds, especially on the all too important chimichanga day!). And even then, we all knew the head lunch lady “Mrs. Sanchez” (or Mike Sanchez’s mom, since we were in the same class together) would never turn anyone down that needed food. Maybe it was because we had the ire of God waiting for us or what, but I still can’t believe kids would be judged for not having money to pay food, and much less grandstanding politicians—who create the economic inequities that causes some of these issues—would state a good meal at school is not a right and inconsequential to a child. Either way, this is one of the few things I really get off about and I am sorry if I yammered on to long.
However, this is a sports and fitness blog, and nutrition still falls huge into this particular argument. This is one reason why I really praise Jon and Christa Parsons for what they do with their kids. When I went and helped install a new fan on their porch, Christa diligently made some whole wheat pancakes that would make IHOP…errr, IHOB jealous. They also gave the kids some hardboiled eggs in the process, and they ate that stuff up like the voracious growing kids they are. Fortunately none of them are into spicy food, for I was able to get the leftover spicy potatoes they did not tough (score!) Never have I seen them eat awful food whenever I am around, with the exception of some hummus and chips or something. Now I have seen them in pictures eating at a restaurant or something, but it is clear that nutrition is high on the list. And why wouldn’t it be, for all three are pretty good in athletics and have pretty strict television schedules, so they are forced to do other things. Now I am not saying this is a perfect model, but on the other hand, why should we settle for bad habits. And that really is the crux of the matter here.
Right now, we have a lot of issues with the health of children in this country, as study after study indicates the pressures of keeping your kid healthy. While I know pollution and bullying and dirty water is not conducive to raising healthy child, are we taking this way too far? Several movements throughout the US are stoking fire into the children’s health argument, stating things like vaccines are bad (which studies indicate they are not), fluoride in our water is turning us into zombies (but also preventing tooth decay) and kids playing Pokemon good is good for their mental and physical health (still debatable in my book). Now, if you ever want to start a huge, out of control fire of triggered emotions, just attach “children” to the subject and your topic will blow up on social more than LeBron James showing up to a press conference with a “soft cast.” So how does a parent navigate this? Well, for me it is easy because I have dogs…and that will be the last of my snark for the night. But for those that do have kids, here is some simple advice.
That’s it. These are the care minimums apparently. And in reality, these are really the only things you have to do to have healthy kids. Unless you are crazy like Lavar Ball or are obsessive about kid getting into modeling fulfill all of the unfelt dreams you never had, keeping your child healthy can be simple. Rather than give them Takis, give them celery (and you can make Ants on a Log to make it interesting.) Set television and game limits, which even in my line of work it is remarkable that I have to tell people this simple procedure when they ask for advice on how to control their kid’s data usage. And from there, you have pretty good foundation. The next best step of course is to not be hypocritical and not do the things that you ask of your kids. So if you irresponsibly do things that can hurt your body and such, then you are not much better in the long run. Face it, kids get the most learning from their parents, which is why I find it hilarious when parents get triggered about things like sexual education and such (but honestly, if you have not had “the talk” by 15 or 16, you kinda are doing a disservice to your kid) or when kids learn something they think should not be taught (kinda like the forceful destruction of Manifest Destiny).
In conclusion, you have the choice to get your kids on the right track, and if you are not willing to do the right thing, then don’t get angry when you have to bear the hard truths about their health problems down the line. It is just that simple folks.
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