I’m sure that by now you know just how much I value health.
I always make sure to spread the word about people needing to take stock of their health and take better care of themselves—especially in this day and age where health can easily fall by the wayside because of how busy and stressed people are.
This is why I always stress the importance of starting early.
And when I say early I mean we should really get started teaching our kids the importance of health and fitness early on.
Not all the kids will enjoy physical education, or even health class, which is why I think the best way to teach them is actually outside of a classroom environment.
For me, a kids after school club is an ideal place to teach the children to start caring for themselves and their health.
It doesn’t have to be intensive lessons, in fact I encourage the parents/adults to make sure that the activities are fun to make it interesting to the kids.
Of course it’s not necessary to be teaching them about ancient healing techniques just yet… that can come way later on, but a good foundation is important at the beginning.
So let’s talk about the things that I think would be good to teach children.
We all know kids absolutely, positively adore sweets.
Most kids have a sweet tooth to rival that of… well, that one doesn’t need a metaphor. Kids just really have giant sweet teeth.
This is why I find it incredibly important to make sure that we are teaching them dental health and hygiene.
It’s not good for them to be skipping brushing their teeth.
And of course it’s a good idea to teach the kids the proper way of brushing their teeth.
And the bad habits to avoid in order to preserve teeth (chewing on ice, chewing on hard candy and so on).
The Importance of Personal Hygiene
I think children should learn from an early age the importance of personal hygiene not only to health, but also for appearances.
Good hygiene can help to prevent the spread of many contagious illnesses.
Not only that, it also teaches kids to groom themselves from an early age.
We all know the importance of hygiene, so it’s only good that they learn it too.
The Impact of Food on the Body
With how big of an issue obesity is these days, I really think that this is one of the most important things to teach the children from an early age.
Food can really make a huge impact on health—eating nothing but junk and sugar will ensure them becoming overweight and unhealthy.
Coupled with a sedentary lifestyle (most common these days), it’s not difficult to see why our waistlines have been ballooning.
So I think it’s a good idea to teach kids healthy eating, and show them that healthy food does not have to mean bland, disgusting food.
Of course I still am not quite sure just how to turn these lessons into nice, fun little activities for the children to enjoy during their after school programs and clubs.
Perhaps by creating something interactive with activities and games.
Anyway if you have any ideas I would love to hear them—and if you agree with how necessary it is to teach kids about health from an early age…leave a comment too!