From the Editor – February 2024

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I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m fighting a losing battle regarding enforcing healthy eating for our soon-to-be teenager. Jason and I have been on a health journey for quite a few years now. We’ve researched, listened to podcasts, read books, and then researched some more about what foods are truly good for our bodies and which are best to avoid.

Sure, we have had our ups and downs, and we definitely have our cheat days (or weekends), but we try hard to live by the 80/20 rule as best we can. That being said, we can’t control what our daughter puts in her mouth for most of the day. If I fix her healthy lunches for school, she often doesn’t eat what I make and comes home with somebody else’s empty bag of chips or Oreos.

What we are realizing more and more is that sugar is the main ingredient she and her friends want. They want it at every meal and all the time, in one form or another. The addiction is REAL!

Many of you are as passionate about your family’s health as Jason and I. We all want our kids to have long and productive lives and to feel good in their bodies and minds. We desire that they feel confident, not only about their appearance but their physical abilities. We don’t want weight or an unhealthy lifestyle to leave them feeling sluggish and even depressed.

In this month’s Healthy Kids Issue, you’ll find helpful articles, including, How to Turn Your Junk Food Junkies Into Healthy Eating Kids and Get Them Off the Couch and Moving. In addition, our Healthy Kids Guide shares local resources to assist you and your family, including active entertainment venues, local parks and trails, health food stores, children’s physicians, and more.

From our family to yours… don’t lose heart! Keep up the good fight for your child’s health!


DeAnne is the Editor and Co-Owner of River Region Parents who loves investing in her family, making lasting memories and deposits of love into each of their lives. As a wife, and mother of three, she understands the importance of having resources available to assist the family. That's why she's been passionate about publishing the best family content in the River Region.
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