Forming healthy eating and lifestyle habits at an early age can save that person money down the road. The sooner families get started, the better. UT/TSU Extension in Madison County is offering two programs to educate and motivate.
Frustrated parents and grandparents often ask how to get little Johnny or Suzi to eat better. There’s no silver bullet answer to the question. However, adults can be good role models, recognize their job is to provide wholesome food, and keep the best options in sight. Allowing for “sometimes” foods on occasion helps children to learn that no food has to be off limits. Those are just a few ideas to get started.
While childhood food choices don’t always lead to obesity, the combination of poor choices and inactivity can cause health problems both sooner and later. With childhood obesity in Tennessee the tenth worst in the county, August’s Kids Eat Right Month is a perfect time for young people and their family members to learn how to work together for healthier eating and lifestyle habits. UT Extension in Madison County has two upcoming offerings to help families.
Joe Ostaszewski, former Florida State football player and Biggest Loser season 14 participant, has partnered with National 4-H Council and will be stopping in Jackson at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 16 as part of his bike ride across America. The purpose of Joe’s Riding it Forward tour is to inspire young people and their families to live active, healthy lives. He will share the story of how he overcome his battle with obesity.
UT/TSU Extension’s Healthy Habits Day will run from 9-11 a.m. at the Madison County Ag Complex, 309 N. Parkway. It will include games and sample snacks that can motivate youth to enjoy healthier foods. This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome to attend.
University of Tennessee Extension in Madison County also plans to extend the learning into September with Eat Right! Future Bright! This interactive program is for parents and their school-age children who exceed the recommended weight for their height and age. This program will be Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30 / 5:30‐7 p.m. More information will be available at Healthy Habits Day.
For more information about any health and human development programs from UT/TSU Extension in Madison County, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.