Programs for Children and Parents
“From Chubby to Fit” Program
This program is designed to help young, overweight children lose their excess body weight by modifying diet and behavioral patterns. While there has been a large amount of focus on decreasing child obesity in schools, recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) indicates that a child's future weight (termed "weight fate") may be decided by age five. Nutrient excess and nutrient deficiency in the diets of young children can lead to a permanent modification of metabolic pathways and to an increased risk of diet-dependent diseases as adults.
Most parents do not realize that by providing their children with nutritious food, they can reverse or prevent the development of the metabolic syndrome that leads to food-related diseases. These include diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver, heart diseases, cancer and many other life-threatening illnesses that can begin early in life. Medical studies reveal that overweight and obese children have a low-grade inflammation in their guts, and the most obese children in the country are also the most nutritionally deficient. Kids’ belly fat is the signal that they are on the path to developing metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes, heart problems and other illnesses.
The objectives of this program are:
This conscious effort of parents, guided by LHLM, will help reverse or prevent the development of the metabolic syndrome that leads to food-related diseases, such as diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver, heart diseases, cancer and many other life-threatening illnesses.
"Help Picky Eaters Pick Veggies" Training
The national cancer institute as well as world cancer research fund believes that the best diet for preventing cancer and other obesity-related illnesses is a predominantly plant-based diet. Many – if not most – parents are both mystified and troubled by their children’s eating patterns, especially their aversion to vegetables. Most parents do not realize that, up until the age of two, children are willing to taste just about anything, but then they become neophobic (reluctant to eat new foods). Some experts believe that taste preferences may even reflect a biological drive towards foods that are calorie-and protein-dense and an aversion to foods that are perceived to be poisonous or toxic. Young children are notoriously picky, sometimes refusing to eat anything but noodles and crackers for months at a time and rejecting just about everything with protein, fiber, vitamins or minerals. Our training/retraining program is designed to help children become willing to taste, enjoy and prefer vegetables and other healthy foods at a young age. Through our program, we also help parents learn how to mitigate the strong influence that food advertisements have on children. Our training program offers families, daycares and other preschool environments innovative and fun ways to incorporate vegetables in a child’s daily nutritional experience.
"If You Want a Healthier Life for your Child"