Fall has arrived and the kids are back to school, in some form or another. I know many of you are facing challenging and trying to figure out how to make it all work. I know my kids are doing the same. My son decided that his three school aged children will be learning remotely and my daughter decided her two children will be homeschooled. Of course, grammie and grandpa will be helping too. My husband is a retired teacher so that is a bonus!
A few weeks ago, a “teachable” moment presented itself. I joined my daughter and two grandsons for field trip Friday. On the way to our destination, my daughter asked me which was healthier maple syrup or honey. This led into a longer discussion with all of us about sugar, sugar alcohols, sugar substitutes, added sugars and label reading. On the way home, we stopped to pick up a few things at the store and the boys had the opportunity to practice looking for added sugar on food labels.
What struck me was their willingness to learn about healthy eating at their young ages of 8 and 10 and how surprised they were at how much added sugar was in their favorite foods. They even opted for some healthier options to lower the added sugar. It reinforced for me that it is never too young to plant the seeds of healthy living.
As parents and grandparents, we have the opportunity to be instrumental in helping our children and grandchildren live a longer, healthier and happier life. We can turn everyday routines into “teachable” moments then actionable changes for healthier living. Investing the time now will reap significant benefits for their future. As a patient once told me “your health is your greatest wealth.” I could not agree more! Remember, it is never too early or too late for you and your family to learn and turn that education into action.
Stay healthy! I hope your children or grandchildren had a great start to the school year!
Scherrie Keating RN, BSN, CDCES, CDC, NDPP Lifestyle Coach, CDP, Certified Ageless Grace Educator
Founder, Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC
Creator, Diabetes Prevention for Life program