NPR Special Series for Families–On the Run…

National Public Radio has created a special series devoted to the health and wellness of families called, “On the Run: How Families Struggle to Eat Well and Exercise.” 

Included in this series are a number of stories that outline the struggles today’s families face when trying to balance and juggle parenting, jobs, and healthy choices.  Please check them out and then feel free to share any of the following stories with families or to have a conversation with your wellness team, classrooms, or school council.

Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition or Bygone Ideal

In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only

Rose-Colored Glasses and the Obesity Epidemic

Selling Your Kids on Veggies

How Did Our Brains Evolve to Equate Food with Love?

Sacrificing Sleep and Teens

Do You Really Know What Your Kids Are Eating?

Gauging Childhood Obesity: A Unique Poll

“”Once we do everything, there is absolutely no time to go outside and take a walk or get any exercise. It’s simply come in, eat, sit down, do homework, go to bed.”

– Paige Pavlik, Parent

One thought on “NPR Special Series for Families–On the Run…

  1. I appreciated these stories and accounts of how food has become such an ingrained part of our culture and societal values. As I watch our grandchildren growing up, I am very aware of the many different influences there are in their lives today compared to when we were raising our children. Raised on a farm, we grew all of our own food and had very healthy eating habits. We had very little money but always had good and nutritious food to eat. We rarely went into town, so restaurants were not a part of our lifestyle. Even though my husband and I kept many of those ways, our own children who are parents today have very different parenting styles than we did. Both parents work out of the home and eating out once or twice a week has become a convenience for very busy families. And even though they keep their children busy and active with sports, their diets are very different that those of their parents and include much more fast food. Education is the critical way to help our young people develop a foundation of knowledge that will help them live in a world that doesn’t always encourage healthy lifestyles. Knowledge is power! Thanks Felicia for all you are doing for Parkland School Division and our students!

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