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Jul 29

More water and vegetables, less coffee and candy: Kids’ health advice to grown-ups

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 10:16 AM by Kari Bray

Food and fitness are part of our overall wellbeing. That’s true for the 7-year-old who rushes onto the school playground after chomping down the final carrot sticks of his lunch. It’s also true for the 70-year-old taking her daily stroll after dinner.

When we talk about improving our health, we often focus on diet and exercise. It seems there are plenty of people willing to weigh in with advice on television shows, in magazines, in online articles or comments, and even over the dinner table at family gatherings.

Kids on playgroundThis summer, we had the chance to seek advice from a group of experts who aren’t often consulted – but probably should be. 

After all, who knows more about tasty snacks and fun exercise than elementary school students?

During our first free physical activity program of the summer at Hawthorne Elementary in Everett, we asked kids from ages 6 to 10 about their favorite healthy snacks, their favorite way to exercise, and what adults should do to be healthier.

Our experts did not disappoint. Here’s their advice:

Name: Emma
Age: 10
Favorite healthy snack: Raspberries (or curry for a meal)
Favorite way to exercise: Riding a bike
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “Not watch as much TV.”

Kids runningName: Noah
Age: 8
Favorite healthy snack: Apples. “I can eat three pounds a day.”
Favorite way to exercise: Jumping jacks
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “Drink more water.” 

Name: Valentina
Age: 6
Favorite healthy snack: Carrots
Favorite way to exercise: Go on the playground. She likes anything she can climb.
What can grown-ups do to be healthier?  “Stay safe.”

Name: Alan
Age: 6
Favorite healthy snack: Apples
Favorite way to exercise: Go outside
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “Eat less candy.”

Name: Summer
Age: 8
Favorite healthy snack: Carrots
Favorite way to exercise: “There’s this thing at my grandma’s house and you hold on to it and it feels like riding a bike but it doesn’t move.”
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? Stop drinking so much coffee, and no smoking.

Kids sitting in circleName: Amayah
Age: 9
Favorite healthy snack: Watermelon
Favorite way to exercise: Running on a treadmill
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “Eat lots of healthy stuff.”

Name: GG
Age: 8
Favorite healthy snack: “Pizza!” Is that really healthy? “Yes. It can be. We put pepperoni and mushrooms and green peppers and broccoli.” OK. Broccoli pizza. You win.
Favorite way to exercise: Ninja workouts.
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “Stop drinking Red Bull energy drinks and playing video games for hours and staying up late to get the newest game.”

Name: Alexa
Age: 8
Favorite healthy snack: Strawberries and watermelon (with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch)
Favorite way to exercise: Yoga and gymnastics
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “Eat their vegetables all day and work out every day all day.”

Four boys playing basketballName: Ruquayah
Age: 9
Favorite healthy snack: Fruit
Favorite way to exercise: Gymnastics
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “No more sugar.”

Name: Alexandra
Age: 7
Favorite healthy snack: Goldfish 
Favorite way to exercise: Push-ups
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? “I don’t know.”

Name: Allyson
Age: 7
Favorite healthy snack: Watermelon
Favorite way to exercise: Jumping jacks
What can grown-ups do to be healthier? Um… Big shrug

*Note: The details of GG’s ninja workouts remain secret, but are evidently best performed in costume based off of the “Naruto” manga/anime series.

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