Why do we need an awareness month?
Where should I start? Since this year’s theme is “It’s never too early to be an active role model.” Let’s talk about kids. Only 7% of Canadian Children are getting the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each week. Interestingly, 80% of parents think that their children are meeting their MVPA needs. Inadequate activity coupled with poor eating habits have resulted in an alarming rise in Childhood obesity and Type II Diabetes.
Now let’s look at pregnancy. If I told you that I had a drug that could prevent or reduce fatigue, lessen nausea, reduce low back pain, prevent Gestational Diabetes, promote healthy prenatal weight gain, prevent high blood pressure, improve circulation, prevent varicose veins, reduce stress, improve sleep, prevent urinary incontinence and prepare you for the physical and emotional demands of childbirth and parenting, would you want it? Well I do. It’s exercise.
As a pregnant woman, you have the opportunity to be healthier and more comfortable, as well as set the stage for an active family. Exercising during pregnancy increases the chances that you will exercise postpartum. Women who exercise postpartum are more likely to be life-long exercisers. When your children see you role modeling an active lifestyle, they are more likely to be active. Active kids are less likely to be overweight or obese. Do you see the cycle? It is never too early to be a role model for your children.
This month we are going to be bringing you research-based information on how you can be an ACTIVE ROLE MODEL.