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Well, as many of you have seen me write before I am a firm believer in kids being outside. Not, only for the exercise but for the sunshine! Your body needs natural vitamin D! There are a few articles in the blog here about the benefits of sunshine. They will also tell you not to slather sunscreen on every time you step out.
In this article from the WholeFood Farmacy you will see how sunshine, calcium, & exercise will keep your kids healthy.
There is no reason children here in the USA should have rickets.
I hope you and your kids take the time to eat healthy & get outside to do something fun (exercise does not have to be boring).
Have a sunny day,
Sheryl Loch ~ allmylovecrafts
November 28th, 2007
A Triple Play for Healthy Bones
Helping children build healthy bones is an important job that all parents should know how to do. Children build half of their bone mass during adolescence and reach their peak bone mass by age twenty. The three most important factors for building healthy, strong bones in your children are calcium, vitamin D from exposure to sunlight and exercise.
Poor nutrition, lack of outdoor activities and lack of exercise have health experts very concerned as cases of Rickets in are rising fast in American children. Rickets is a childhood bone disease that is typically seen only in third world developing countries. It causes the bones to ache and to become deformed starting at a young age.
According to Dr. James Beaty, President of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, "There's some early data showing that even a 10 percent deficit in your bone mass when you finish your adolescent years can increase your potential risk of having osteoporosis and fractures as much as 50 percent”.
When it comes to American children, the experts believe that poor nutrition combined with too much TV, internet and computer game time is an issue that parents need to address immediately. "This potentially is a time-bomb," says Dr. Laura Tosi, bone health chief at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C.
What’s the solution? Good nutrition, sunshine and exercise!
Calcium is the building block of healthy bones. Foods which are good sources of calcium include fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, canned fish with bones, nuts, fruits, vegetables, dried beans, rice beverages, molasses and some leafy greens.
The best source of vitamin D is natural sunlight, that’s why getting outdoors is so important for your children. When the kids are playing outdoors they are getting both exercise and vitamin D.
The Wholefood Farmacy can offer you some wonderfully healthy foods and snacks for you and your kids. These are the perfect snacks for outdoor activities at any time of the year.
As always, we are at your service,
The Wholefood Farmacy Team,
WestLoch WholeFood Farmacy