Last night on Shaq's Big Challenge there was a lot of talk about a horror that most kids in America have to deal with: School Lunches.
If you take one good look at school lunches, you'd be shocked at the absolute lack in nutritional value. From pizza, to fries, to chicken tenders, most kids are eating unhealthy at school. I was absolutely stunned at the 'salads' the kids were offered, which was basically a few piece of lettuce in a Dixie Cup (no joke). So Shaq got celebrity chef Tyler Florence involved in the show too. Tyler's main goal was to revamp the school lunch at the kids' cafeteria and while he did have a few qualms dealing with the lunch ladies at the school, he came up with some tasty sounding meals. Problem is, while they were tasty to me, I am not sure the kids agreed. The real challenge for the future is to prepare healthy food that the kids will actually eat and not just throw straight into the garbage. Moral of the story? Pack your kids lunch. Work with them to create lunches they will enjoy that are also nutritional too.
Another point I found interesting was the idea of making working out fun for the kids. Shaq had them do things like play dodge ball and chase a chicken (seriously, he had those kids run after a chicken) as alternatives to just spending hours on end on the treadmill. This theory is not only applicable to kids but adults as well. It is important to keep working out fun and interesting so that you enjoy it rather than dread it. Maybe chasing a chicken around the yard is not for you, but there are plenty of other ways to get moving. So dig deep and channel your inner child for ideas for your next fun workout.