SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOUR CHILD LIVE LONGER
The following list represents the conclusions of a group of researchers headed by Drs. Belloc and Breslow of the University of California at Los Angeles. They studied the physical health status and health practices of thousands of people.
The conclusions scientifically validate what we have known all along. Simple as they seem, they require accepting and reviewing and following -- if you desire to maintain your child's optimum health and highest level of physical fitness, mental alertness, and creativity.
Here are some suggestions for your child for healthy living based on result of the study:
GET ENOUGH SLEEP Use the bedroom for sleep only. Avoid taking private worries to bed with you. Avoid getting caught up in suspenseful reading or television while relaxing in bed. If you toss and turn on occasion and can't get to sleep, go to another room and do something productive.
Get the right amount of sleep (average 8 hours for adolescents, more for younger children) each night. The right amount must also be coupled with the right quality of sleep. Consider some of these suggestions for good sleep:
Learn relaxation techniques. Try meditation or breathing exercises, or alternate tensing and relaxing muscles. Use one or more of these techniques, followed by a warm bath, before going to bed at night.
EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
Don't skip breakfast! Failing to eat because "you don't have time" or ill-advised reduction of calories per day can lead to poor health. The scientific evidence for this recommendation is convincing.
EAT THREE MEALS A DAY AT REGULAR TIMES
Regular meals keep the metabolic and digestive systems functioning at their most efficient levels. If you get hungry between meals, don't resort to fatty, salty, or refined-sugar snacks. Instead, eat fruit, raw vegetables, or whole-grain snacks.
Exercise that you enjoy is most likely to be successful and continued.
CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
Even small amounts of excessive weight can shorten your life! Extreme obesity is associated with many physical and mental disorders. If you are overweight but still growing taller, maintain your weight until you have grown up to it. If you need to reduce, do so. If your weight is ideal, work to keep it that way.
DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL!
Alcohol abuse can cause serious diseases, reduce your lifespan, and make your life miserable.
There is overwhelming evidence that smoking damages the human body and shortens life. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for many illnesses, particularly lung cancer, chronic lung disease, hardening of the arteries, heart attack, and damage to unborn children of pregnant women who smoke. Anyone who smokes is at greater risk of problems with anesthesia during surgery.
DON'T ABUSE DRUGS!
Evidence is mounting about the cumulative ill effects of drug abuse. Common sense dictates avoiding them if you want to stay mentally and physically healthy.