What's good for children is good for their parents, too - Tucson Local Media: Health

What's good for children is good for their parents, too

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."— World Health Organization, 1948

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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:00 pm

The new school year is under way, parents and students are focused on academic success and attaining peak performance in this important area.

An area that is just as important is health, and not just good health, but optimum health. As a highly intellectual and productive nation, health is something we have taken for granted … until we no longer have it. The time to be proactive is now. The saying, "If it is not broken, don't fix it", does not apply to prevention.

In medicine, we realize that most chronic health problems that occur are due to degenerative changes silently brewing in our bodies for years before manifesting. Fortunately, there are many simple things that we can do today, to prevent the diseases of tomorrow.

Simple things, such as being a role model for our children in their nutrition. It is said that a child's eating habits are formed before the age of 5, and they learn to eat the way they see their parents eat. Modeling and providing good choices at home and at restaurants will harvest a wealth of good choices for your children in the future.

Regular exercise, or some type of physical activity, helps ensure the development of strong muscles and bones, agility, balance and overall wellness. Enrolling our children in community sports leagues, making time for physical activities as a family, and even engaging our children in routine activities such as housecleaning, home maintenance, or even gardening are opportunities for physical activity.

Another area often overlooked his sleep. Sleep is the time our body gets to rebuild and repair all of the damages and stresses that it has undergone throughout the day in our active and productive life. It is essential that we provide ample time for our body to rest and repair to keep us functioning at optimal levels.

Last but not least, it is critical that we as parents take some time every day to hug and hold our children and ensure that their emotional needs are met. The tremendous positive impact of human touch, and the calming and comforting aspect of being close to a loved one, cannot be overemphasized. Science has shown an improvement in high blood pressure, chronic pain, reduction in stress hormones, and release of natural mood elevators called endorphins through touch.

So, it should not come as a surprise to most that these simple areas of health, so important for our children, also carry over to adult optimum health. Over the next few months, we will be discussing these and other areas of healthcare to up lift ourselves from good to optimal health.

As always, please remember that these articles are written for general informational purposes. Please discuss with your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your current medical regimen or lifestyle. For more individualized information please feel free to contact our office for a complimentary consultation with either Dr. Rastogi or Dr. Tipirneni, to help you reach your optimal health.

Take care and stay healthy.

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