Six - Step Healthy Rescue Plan: How YOU Can Help Your Child

                        The Six = Step Healthy Rescue Plan will start you on the path to rescuing

the emotional life of an overweight child. Whenever you meet resistance or setbacks as you move

down this healthy path, keep this in mind.

                      Here are the six steps of the Rescue Plan:

     1.  Be a coach, instead of a judge.

     2. Go for the goal.

     3.  Recruit additional support.

     4.  Design a nutritional plan.

     5.  Organize an exercise effort.

     6.  Celebrate strengths.

                                                               STEP  1:

     BE A COACH,  INSTEAD OF A JUDGE

If your child is to embark on the goal of attaining a healthy lifestyle, she/he will have to view

you as a coach rather than a judge.  The first order of coaching is communication with your

overweight child.  You will need to be empathic and form an alliance with her/ him in order

to reach her/him effectively. Patience is an important characteristic to develop for weight

loss. Although it's always best for parents to communicate with their children, don't rule

out the assistance of other important adults.

                                                        STEP 2:

     GO FOR THE GOAL

Setting realistic goals can be quite different for overweight children than it is for overweight

adults because children are at varying places in their growth and development.  If you

emphasize the process of healthy living, you can reward your child when he/ she invests time

in doing a certain amount of exercise each week or for staying on her/ his prescribed

nutritional plan. Emphasizing the process will prevent the child from feeling discouraged

during those times when the scale doesn't show weight loss.  

                                                 STEP 3:

     RECRUIT ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Enlisting sibling support, while not always possible, is certainly worth the effort. A sibling

can make a real difference in an overweight child's self-confidence. A parent could have a

conversation with a brother or sister to encourage support. If your overweight child has close

friends, try to enlist their support as well. Friends who are also involved in a health plan can

supply the best kind of peer support.  

                                        STEP 4:

     DESIGN A NUTRITIONAL PLAN

Many effective nutritional plans offer a variety of approaches to healthy eating Weight

Watchers has its own nutrition plan, as do Jenny Craig and other adolescent therapy groups.

Regular family mealtimes and balanced, nutritious meals for losing weight all have to be

incorporated into a healthy plan.  When you change your children's eating patterns, you

will undoubtedly need to change your cooking and family eating habits as well. Please

encourage it as this is a great way to get them involved in nutritious eating.

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developing ways to overcome.

                                              STEP 5:

     ORGANIZE AN EXERCISE EFFORT 

Regular exercise works best if the whole family is involved, or if your children are involved

in organized sports. Encourage your children to exercise for at least 30 min to 1 hour a day.

                                               STEP 6:

     CELEBRATE STRENGTHS

You'll need to make a true commitment to building your child's self-esteem, fostering

her/ his school achievement, and inspiring her/ his interests and involvement.  Children are 

desperate for their parent's reassurance in a world that fiercely rejects them because they 

are overweight. Although we would all like to change our society to be more empathic 

toward and tolerant of those who are overweight, our first priority is our children's good

health, and that will result in a more accepting world for our children.

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