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.
Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar
When people eat a food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that prompts cells to absorb blood sugar for energy or storage. As cells absorb blood sugar, levels in the bloodstream begin to fall. […]
Exercise Can Help Control Weight Obesity results from energy imbalance: too many calories in, too few calories burned. A number of factors influence how many calories (or how much “energy”) people burn each day, among them, age, body size, and genes. But the most variable factor-and the most easily modified-is the amount of activity people […]
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 […]
In addition to eating high-quality foods, physical activity can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and it can also help control […]
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 […]
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 […]
Quality Matters What’s most important is the type of carbohydrate you choose to eat because some sources are healthier than others. The amount of carbohydrate in the diet – high or low – is less important than the type of carbohydrate in the diet. For example, healthy, whole grains such as whole wheat bread, rye, barley and quinoa are better choices than […]
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 […]
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 […]