The theme for October here at Puravida Fitness is “Healthy Families.”

As we look at the state of our health in this country, we see almost 3/4 of adults are overweight.

It’s not just adults that are in trouble – it is also our kids.

In the mid 1990s, only 1-2% of children with diabetes were classified as having type 2 diabetes. But the number has risen dramatically to 25-45% of kids with diabetes having type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with lifestyle and carries a host of risk factors like cardiovasculr disease and obesity and is linked to psychiatric problems like depression.

One study in the European Journal of Health concluded that almost 60% of obese kids lived with at least one obese parent.

In my opinion it doesn’t take a plethora of studies to see that we have more overweight kids than ever and to take it a step further – more obese families.

When I grew up as a kid, McDonald’s (or fast food of any kind) was a once in awhile treat, not a staple like it seems to be for so many families today.

Being a parent, I get it. We are busier than ever with more activities for kids and bigger demands.

As a parent, sometimes you can feel like an Uber driver transporting kids around from destination to destination leaving little time for meals.

And let’s face it, healthy meals are harder to prepare. It is just so much easier to run through a drive-thru or heat up a boxed meal in 5 minutes.

There is also the concept of modeling.

Are we modeling healthy eating and exercising to our kids?

I look at where we are as a society with overscheduling and under nourishing our kids, as well as allowing them to play on their phones instead of making them play outside.

I say these things because as a parent myself, sometimes I am guilty of taking the easy road.

However, we as parents have to do better.  Yes, it takes time and costs more money to cook healthy meals.  And yes, exercise takes effort and is not fun for many of us.  But by letting our kids continue to go down this road, to me, is not fulfilling our role as parents.

We as parents need to make taking care of ourselves a priority – not just to feel better about ourselves or fit into a smaller size, but to show our kids what is important and set them up for success in life.

Because let’s face it, life is harder being overweight and out of shape. Do we want that for our children?

I take this role seriously, especially since I work in the industry. I am double accountable.  I’m good with that because it forces me to step up and stay focused, not just on my clients but my family which should be my #1 priority.

So my challenge to all fellow parents this month is take an honest look at what kind of example you are to your children.  And if you can do better, focus on one thing.

Maybe instead of watching TV or movies, go for a family hike. Instead of eating fast food every night, have a healthy cooked meal together a few nights a week.

We talk about your WHY for getting in better shape. Your family could be a strong WHY.

I can’t tell you how often I hear people talk about how they are too tired or too out of shape to do things with their kids.

I think of one woman I trained a few years ago who would hang out in the chalet while her family skied on their annual ski trip out west.  After exercising she was able to ski with her family for the first time in years.  That is making memories and is far more important than any body fat perecentage.

To steal the slogan from the Marines, being a parent is “the toughest job you will ever love.”

I love being a parent, but realize along with it comes tremendous responsibility and part of that is to teach my kids by my actions not just my words.

So this month we will be focusing on tips and content for creating healthy families.

Be sure to check out our new Healthy Cooking segment with Alex on Saturdays and more great tips on our social media sites.

As always, if you feel you and/or your family want help in this department, reach out to us.  We are here to help.

We know this is not an easy process, so we want to be a great resource.

P.S. We have 2 spots open in our Little Black Dress Project that I have opened with people having to drop out.  This is a 4 week program designed to get a big win for women who are stuck or struggling with with their fitness and want to hope restored.  Go here to register or simply reply to this email.

Yours in health,

Erik Peacock
Puravida Fitness