The cornerstone in the management of an overweight child is a lifestyle change that includes restriction of calories and increasing physical activity. It sounds so simple, right? Then why has the rate of obesity among children and adolescents tripled over the past three decades? Currently, a third of New York’s children are overweight or obese. These are the facts, now what can help?
Here are some practical goals to work with:
Maintain a food diary. I know, you have heard this before! The reason why you have heard it before is because it works!! This will help you self-monitor what you are eating and how much. Commit to it for 21 days. It takes 21 days to break a habit. When you see what you are eating, you take responsibility.
Don’t buy foods that you know are trigger foods. Come on…haven’t we ALL said to ourselves, “I will buy this bag of chips, ice cream, mac, and cheese etc. and I won’t eat all of it at one sitting.” And, haven’t we ALL eaten it in one sitting? Live Light Live Right is about moderation, not deprivation. However, if something is a trigger food, it might be best to hold off on buying it until you are at a healthier weight.
Slow it down! How could you stomach possibly know you are full if you don’t give it time to register that it is full! Slow it down and your body will love you for it!
Reward yourself! Met a goal? Do something for yourself! It doesn’t have to cost anything! Go shopping in your closet. We all have clothes that we wished we fit into. You never know what has come back into fashion while you are getting yourself healthy! Go for a bike ride, because you feel like you can do it now! Give your kids a special treat…time with you!! No phones, no TV…just you and them!
Learn about nutrition. Have a question regarding what is healthy, what isn’t? Email the Live Light Live Right Program and we will help you! Come to your medical visit with questions for our amazing nutritionists! Want to know the answer now? Google it!! We have the world at our fingertips with our computer.
Get moving! The Live Light Live Right program offers FREE exercise for your kids. Make sure they come! Come with them! Join in! Make being healthy a family vision. Come to as many classes as you would like. If you can’t make it for an exercise session….take a walk with your family! Just move!
Live Light Live Right wants to help! Research has shown that being a part of a social group makes weight management and a healthy lifestyle significantly more sustainable. The Live Light Live Right program has been around for 14 years and we hope to be around for many more! We have an incredibly supportive environment not only with the Live Light Live Right staff but with each of you! Life-long friends have been made within the children and the parents. Come to the next exercise class, the next workshop, the next health fair! We will always be there to welcome you with a big smile and open arms!
Our Live Light Live Right children joined Slow Food NYC with URBAN HARVEST at UJIMA, a tuition-free, 5-day educational workshops, urban farm community resource. It’s located at Ujima Garden, 660 New Jersey Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn.
Daily activities typically included:
A Movement Lesson (moderate exercise)
A Gardening and Composting Lesson (a “how-to” demonstration)
Farm Chores (hands-on planting, tending, composting, and harvesting)
A Good Food Class (based on Slow Food principles of Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All)
Sharing Good Food (preparing and enjoying a healthful lunch, based on local, seasonal, largely plant-based ingredients).
The workshops were held August 22nd through August 26th, 2016. Each day we were provided with the different curriculum to help our children learn more about the slow food concept ‘Food that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All’.
Did you know that one minute of intense exercise is comparable in its physiological effects to forty-five minutes of moderate exercise? It’s true, according to findings from a study done on interval training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.1 The research was the subject of review in a recent New York Times article.2 For details about the study, click here.
The findings are interesting and beneficial to those who don’t have 45 minutes or an hour of time per day to dedicate to exercise. The research suggests that one can reap benefits from just a single minute of arduous exercise. Thus, any exercise, even short bouts of it, is beneficial to health and, thus, recommended. Live Light Live Right encourages participants to exercise and provides a variety of supervised exercise programs designed to meet the different needs of program participants. To learn more about scheduled exercise classes, be sure to check out the Calendar of events.
The American Diabetes Association is having it’s annual Expo on April 30, 2016 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This event is free and will have health screenings, cooking demos, products and services exhibitors, and leading experts speaking about diabetes management, research and prevention . It’s a fun event for the whole family.
Live Light Live Right will be attending and our lead trainer Ebony Harris will be doing a fitness demo from 12:30-1:00pm, so stop by and join the fun.
The Edwards family has been with Live Light Live Right for the past 8 years, they have two girls 16 years old and one son, 8 years old. Mom has had her own struggles with weight and had bariatric surgery several years ago. That is what makes this even more personal for her, she stated, “She does not want her kids to go through what she has gone through herself.” They all feel that Live Light Live Right has made them more conscious about what they should be eating and how to have more balanced meals. The children have been able to build up their confidence and find friends that understand their struggles.
Live Light Live Right is celebrating National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. We want to showcase some of the wonderful events our children take place in to promote healthy living, such as trips to the Farmers Market, learning how to buy healthy groceries at Western Beef, and the importance of fitness. To learn more about the award-winning work that we do at Live Light Live Right, please call 718-240-8125.
Fighting Obesity One Child At A Time, Because Nothing Should Weigh a Child Down.
Brooklyn, NY (September 9, 2015) Live Light Live Right (LLLR) partnered with Crunch Fitness, the Crown Heights location in Brooklyn, for the Summer Fitness Challenge. Crunch Fitness incorporated their “Sweat School” into the exercise portion of LLLR’s fitness program. Crunch Fitness has sweat school classes at other NYC locations as well including Crunch W83rd Street. The Sweat School is a one–hour class taught by a group fitness instructor at Crunch, Kelley Green, that included; circuit training, a class called POUND®, obstacles course, running and lots of fun fitness activities. “We created Sweat School to show kids that fitness can be fun so that they can establish a healthy relationship with fitness that they can carry with them through their lives,” says Christina DeGuardi, SVP of Marketing, and Branding & Communications at CRUNCH.
Live Light Live Right has partnered with Crunch Fitness, the Crown Heights location in Brooklyn, for our Summer Fitness Challenge. Crunch Fitness has incorporated their “Sweat School” into the exercise portion of our fitness program. The Sweat School is a one–hour class taught by a Crunch Fitness personal trainer that includes; circuit training, pound, obstacles course, running and lots of fun fitness activities. Our LLLR children are participating in this program twice a week, in addition to working with our trainer, Ebony, in the park playing basketball and running. The children are enjoying the program at Crunch Fitness and are looking forward to it every week. Live Light Live Right hopes to continue our relationship with Crunch Fitness and create a long-term program with them to work together to fight childhood obesity.
Live Light Live Right is honored for being the recipient of the We Are All Brooklyn Leading By Giving Committee’s 2015 grant.
The We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship closing ceremony was on June 16, 2015 at 6:30pm. The ceremony was held at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, CUNI, located at 860 West 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.
Their support of the Live Light Live Right program was special to us because of the commitment we all have to the community of Brooklyn.
July 25th and it will run through August 29th from 9:30am to 11:30am. We will leave on out biking adventure from CAMBA Beacon, corner of Linden Blvd & Van Siclen Ave (Bus B83 and Subway 3 to Van Siclen and a 4 block walk to our location)
This is a free program from our children. We will:
Master Bike Safety Skill
Take group bike rides to discover the neighborhood
Learn teamwork with other cyclists
Bikes, Helmuts, trained leaders and FUN is all provided.
We want to thank our partner Bike NY for working with us to make this happen. If you are interested in being a part of this amazing program. Please call us at 718-240-8125.