Inspiring Kids to be Healthy


  1. Donna Merrill
    Donna Merrill July 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm .


    You are absolutely on target. Kids learn from our behavior better than our words. When we talk about being healthy, we need to eat healthy foods and make it fun for them. We can also take them with us to exercise by doing fun things.
    It makes me laugh when I see a mom munching on cheese doodles telling their kids to eat their vegges. Go figure!

  2. Chery Schmidt
    Chery Schmidt July 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm .

    Great Advice Cherrie! I see so many obese children these days and wonder how their parents can let them get like this. It is our responsibility as adults to teach them about living a healthy life. Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂

  3. The Food Curator
    The Food Curator July 14, 2013 at 5:58 am .

    Healthy eating is so important, schools are taking this on board now more and more. But kids should be eating the same as their parents, habits begin at home.

  4. Sarah Arrow
    Sarah Arrow July 14, 2013 at 11:45 am .

    As someone who’s an emotional eater I’ve been very conscious of educating my kids about eating healthily, thanks for sharing your advice Cherrie

  5. Yorinda
    Yorinda July 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm .

    Hi Cherrie,
    great quote and post.
    I like the way you are saying that you are ‘trying to be a role model’ for children.
    Teaching by example is the most powerful way of inspiring anyone.
    To Well Being!

  6. Nile
    Nile July 21, 2013 at 10:51 am .

    I took care of myself as a kid, but once I had my own, I stopped thinking of myself and did not get back into taking care of myself. I now have to work twice as hard to get back to being fit again.

    I do agree that it is important to let children know how much it is necessary to stay fit and eat healthy.

  7. Holly
    Holly July 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm .

    Where did the thing come into our being that we tell our kids one thing and do another!! Far too often I hear parents tell their kids one thing but they are not at all role modelling what they say!! HOwever Many parents think they know what is healthy from the stuff they hear and read and in the end it isn’t so great for their kids.. Not only do we have to role model what is needed we often have to research and find out what is best as the media doesn’ t always give us the right info either!! Great for you to be doing what you are for your kids, they will appreciate it!!

  8. Sarupa Shah
    Sarupa Shah July 28, 2013 at 11:17 am .

    I love the message here Cherrie, and certainly it is so important to lead by example…and that means as ‘grown ups’ we get to be healthy too 😉

  9. Don Mickunas
    Don Mickunas July 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm .


    So true. Kids pick up on all kinds of things from adults through their actions. Kids mimic our actions, attitudes, and words without our permission and, many times, to our embarrassment.

  10. Raena Lynn
    Raena Lynn July 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm .

    Hi Cherrie,
    Instilling early thoughts in children about a healthy lifestyle makes a huge difference of the path a child will take. Parental modeling is so important to encourage them to follow activities that will keep them fit and healthy.

    There is a saying which I really despise, “Do what I say, and not what I do” which is counterproductive and confusing. Children need models and guidance when it comes to being healthy which includes nutrition and exercise. Unfortunately we are seeing less “healthy models” for our children. Thanks for sharing.
    Raena Lynn

    PS Why do you close your comments on your blog posts? Asking kindly…

  11. Christi Johnson
    Christi Johnson July 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm .

    What a great article…and how timely!! I have a 16 year old, and I always have to remind her to do what is right in her diet. She can be a very lazy eater…and I understand. She is, after, all, a teen!

    Still, like you wrote, our bodies are our temples. I’m now going to have to think of some really creative ways to inspire her to do better with her eating habits! Might you write an article on how parents can effectively encourage our young folk to eat better? *hint, hint!*

  12. Marty Diamond
    Marty Diamond August 4, 2013 at 1:24 am .

    So true – My mom used to make all our school lunches with whole grain bread – I’d always complain because the other kids got white bread which I thought tasted so much better – I look back & think how grateful I am to her for getting me started on the path to a lifelong habit of healthy eating. You cant do your kids a bigger favor than teaching them how to cook and eat healthfully.

  13. David Merrill 101
    David Merrill 101 August 4, 2013 at 11:18 am .

    Inspiring by example is always the best way to have a lasting impression on anyone, Cherrie.

    How many times have we heard people tell us what we should do, but then we see them doing the opposite? People rarely follow words. They follow actions. This is especially true of children whose analytical development is still being formed, while their visual and instinctual ones are quite advanced at a very young age.

  14. Shelley Alexander
    Shelley Alexander August 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm .

    Cherrie, You are so right about being the example for your kids to follow. If you are not inspiring them to be healthy by eating and living a healthy lifestyle yourself how do you expect them to learn to do the same. Thanks for the great reminder for all of us!

  15. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    Dr. Erica Goodstone August 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm .


    I wish I had someone like you when I was a child, someone who would teach me to be healthy from a very early age. Maybe I wouldn’t have had so many cavities from all the sugar. Although I’m still quite healthy, maybe I could have been even more energetic, flexible and strong if I had always taken care of my nutritional needs. As a former Professor of Health and Physical Education, I did study and teach about healthy living for many years as an adult, but not in my early years. Luckily I was always athletic though.


    Dr. Erica

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