Personal Trainers are needed to educate children and their parents about food and exercise, says Shaun Radford, BPhed, Fitness Coach from the WA campus.
With the uprise in energy dense foods, the decline in physical activity and the lack of education on physical activity and health, it is estimated that there are 43 million children who are overweight (WHO, 2011).
This gives us as health and fitness professionals, a much-needed role of not just helping people increase the health outcomes with exercise and nutritional advice, but also puts us into the role of educators. We need to help promote that a life-long behaviour change is needed, rather than a quick fix.
By educating parents on consciously making healthy lifestyle choices and taking part in physical activity, we can work towards turning the trends around.
It is well known that it’s recommended to increase fruit and vegetables in the diet, limit sugar intake, etc., but the problem lots of people have is being able to stick to these rules.
Some tips you can give to your clients to stick to a healthy lifestyle are:
If we stick together, along with our Allied Health Professionals, hopefully one day we can win the war over the expanding waistline.