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Optimally Balanced believes that a truly balanced life does not exist in isolation. Your attitudes and actions not only affect your health but the health of your family members. At the same time your family’s attitudes and actions also affect your health.

  • If you want to be healthy you need to model and teach your family to be healthy.
  • If you want your children to be healthy you need to teach and model healthy habits and decisions.

OBKids is designed as a resource for parents and caregivers, to help them understand, teach and model healthy decisions and actions. In an effort to foster a healthy lifestyle and to help parents and caregivers Optimally Balanced  provides the OBKids initiative as a free resource to everyone.

Don’t forget to stay in touch and check back from time to time as we will continue adding in Fun Family Activity Ideas, Healthy Kids Recipes and more!

By beginning to incorporate fitness and nutrition in your child’s everyday routine you lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle that will give them the gift of health for decades.

Whole Grains

Whole grains offer a “complete package” of health benefits, unlike refined grains, which are stripped of valuable nutrients in the refining process.   Choose whole grains instead of refined grains. All whole grain kernels contain three parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Each section houses health-promoting nutrients. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer that […]

Can Gluten Kill You?

Is gluten harmful to the body or can it be beneficial? The quick answer is that it can be either, but it all depends on the individual. Research has also found that people (without celiac disease) that follow a ‘gluten free’ diet or work to eliminate gluten from their diet are increasing their risk of […]

Obesity-Promoting Genes in an Obesity-Promoting World

Genes Are Not Destiny Genes influence every aspect of human physiology, development, and adaptation. Obesity is no exception. Yet relatively little is known regarding the specific genes that contribute to obesity and the scale of so-called “genetic environment interactions” the complex interplay between our genetic makeup and our life experiences. A 2014 study found that […]

Protein

Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. It makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood. At least 10,000 different proteins make you what you are and keep you that way. The Institute of […]

Fiber

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check. Children and […]

Measuring carbohydrate effects

Carbohydrate Effects and Glucose Management   The glycemic index is a value assigned to foods based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels. Also known as “blood sugar,” blood glucose levels above normal are toxic and can cause blindness, kidney failure, or increase cardiovascular risk. Foods low on […]

Fats and Cholesterol

When it comes to dietary fat, what matters most is the type of fat you eat. Contrary to past dietary advice promoting low-fat diets, newer research shows that healthy fats are necessary and beneficial for health. When food manufacturers reduce fat, they often replace it with carbohydrates from sugar, refined grains, or other starches. Our bodies digest […]

Fun Fitness Activities To Get Kids Moving

Getting children to exercise can be challenging. But there’s no need to stick to run-of-the-mill, boring exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups and sprints. Here is a list of some fun and creative fitness activities for kids that will get them moving in no time at all. Go on a bear hunt Did you ever sing […]

Carbohydrates

he amount of carbohydrate in the diet – high or low – has less of an effect than the type of carbohydrate in the diet.

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