All in the Family

Dr. Jill Sharon, board certified obesity medicine physician, talks about how to get your family motivated to live healthier.

How many times have you asked your child to do something, only to do the opposite yourself.  Something as simple as asking your children to clean their rooms when your dresser has laundry on top of it that needs to be put away shows your child that maybe that task is not that important.  Children look to their parents as role models and follow their lead on a daily basis.

            The same holds true for nutrition.  If your child sees you eating nutritiously, then they are more likely to choose nutritious food as well.  After almost ten years of helping children lose weight, I have embarked on a new journey.  I have begun helping the parents of my young patients work to lose weight as well.  The results have been amazing.  Not only have the parents begun to lose weight, but their children have been losing more weight weekly than they had in the past.

            Making the choice as a family to cook healthier and choose healthy options when eating out, helps everyone remain on the right path to living a healthier life.  Exercising together as a family makes exercise a fun activity.  Turn on some music and have a family dance party or play Wii active games, like Just Dance, together.  Your children will appreciate the time you are spending together and your family will become healthier together.

Dr. Jill Sharon, of Fresh Future Weight Management Program, is a Board Certified Physician in Obesity Medicine.  She helps her patients achieve their weight loss goal through an individualized nutrition & fitness program. www.freshfuture.net (732) 409-1446

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