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We've encouraged you to get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day and to try to eat healthy when you can. If you keep it up, you have a greater chance of being healthy now and becoming a healthy adult.
We also explained that activity and the food you eat will make you feel look and feel better. But it should not impact the way you feel about yourself. Kids come in all shapes and sizes. It makes each of us one of a kind.
Don't focus just on your size and shape. That's not what this program is about. It's more about being the best YOU possible. It's about being a healthy kid, not a super skinny one.
So, be happy with who you are. We are just concerned with you being a healthy, happy kid. Here are some tips on reaching that goal:
Good job on completing Checkup Challenge. Use the information you've learned as a starting point, not an ending and keep it up so you grow up to be your very best, health self. Way to go!
Life can be challenging, but here are a few tips to help you keep a positive attitude and outlook.
Welcome to week six of Checkup Challenge. This week, let's focus on your child's self-esteem. Children are sent many mixed messages about body image, including what they see on TV and even from the older kids at school.
Make sure as you focus on your child getting healthier that you do not place the emphasis on weight or looks, but rather on feeling good. Talk to your child about body image. It's very important to make sure children know it is OK to discuss how they are feeling.
Let your child know if she or he feels bad about their body, or any other matter, you are there to talk.
Sometimes a child may not feel comfortable discussing such personal issues with mom or dad. If that's the case, open the door for a family therapist, a school or church counselor or maybe an older sibling. The important thing is to get your child talking.
Lisa Elliott, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist at Cook Children's, offers these tips for parents, regarding self-esteem:
Thank you for participating in Checkup Challenge. Don't think of the conclusion of the six weeks as an end, but rather the beginning of a lifestyle change. We hope this is just the start of many healthy years for your child and your entire family.
Congratulate all your kids. This is week six of Checkup Challenge. And while this is the week that a winner will be named among the teams participating in the program, make sure they know this does not mean they are finished.
Checkup Challenge should be the start of something, not an ending. Talk to your kids about taking what they've learned over the six weeks and applying it to their lives.
They should continue to be active and eat well. It will allow them to do all the things they want to do, like play team sports, play outside or simply feel better. It even gives more oxygen to the brain to help them learn.
This week, let's focus on self-esteem. Children are sent many mixed messages about body image, including what they see on TV and even from some of the older kids at school.
They watch athletes and movie stars and may think they need to look like the people they see on the screen. But the truth is they just need to be themselves, with a focus on being active and eating right.
Let the kids know that no one is perfect. Everyone has flaws. Even the people we see on TV. Ask them what they like about themselves. Have the kids make a list of what makes them happy or what they like about themselves. Tell the children to use this every day to remind themselves that they are special.
Let your kids know they should focus on the good things. They shouldn't focus on things they can't change like their height or skin color, and they shouldn't want that to change. That's who they are. That's what makes them special and unique. They can work on being healthier, but it shouldn't be too much. They should try to follow what they've learned in Checkup Challenge about eating healthier and being active.
Talk to your kids about their own body image, and how they should be OK being the people they are. Let them know if they feel hopeless or desperate about their body, they can talk to someone whether it be a parent, a counselor at school or church or you.
Let them know you like who they are and how proud you are of them for completing Checkup Challenge and beginning a healthy lifestyle that they continue until they are grownups.
Thank you for all you've done these past six weeks. We look forward to hearing your comments on Checkup Challenge.
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