WHO’S HOUSE? ....Let's take a look at our future generations who are in position to make a major impact in History.  Today, we all have challenges to overcome and we share most of them with our children. The difference lies in how they react to the mental and physical effects of life influences.  Should I stay or leave? Should I say yes or no? Should I stop or go? The deciding factor will help them become more responsible for the actions and ultimately change the generations to come.  As parents and role models, we must take the charge to embrace, empower, encourage and educate our young generations to achieve the best of what life has to offer.

Physical appearances determine your self awareness and reflect your self esteem.  It is very important to maintain good hygiene and great self confidence when interacting with people in all areas of society.  We are what we think of ourselves. Taking care of the inside of your body is also important to be able to function daily. Eating three balanced meals with healthy snacks in between, drinking water, taking supplements and vitamins along with 30 min or more exercise three to five times a week would definitely make the difference.  Training the minds of children to desire a healthier way of living starts at home. This movement as a family will help decrease the reported cases of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, anorexia, sexually transmitted diseases and depression in our children.

During these times, our children are growing fast and the hormone changes reduce the body's ability to use insulin.  The pancreas produces more insulin to meet the demand of the body; if the amount of insulin is not enough to lower the sugar level in the blood diabetes develops along with other life threatening diseases which are vital to the organs in the body.  A family history of diabetes, being overweight and not exercising are all related risk factors that may contribute to becoming diabetic. Parents taking ownership of the food choices for your family along with routine doctor visits, and proper health education will enhance the quality of life for your children.

It is estimated that 2.5% of children in the US suffer from depression.  Depression is significantly more common in boys under the age of 10 and by the age of 16, girls have a greater incidence of depression.  The feeling of depression can lead to common diseases in teens such as anorexia and various types of sexually transmitted diseases. Eating habits can fluctuate from having too much food to consuming little to nothing at all.  The feeling of hopelessness and feeling unwanted can lead to engaging in unhealthy relationships with their peers. Revealing social withdrawal, thoughts of death and physical complaints such as repeating stomachaches and headaches that do not respond to treatment are other related symptoms of depression.  Depression is a serious illness but it can be treated.

We can stop the problems by closing the generational gaps, learning from each other and growing stronger together.  No matter what our ethnic backgrounds are, nothing changes the fact of a Family that Prays Together Plays Together. Until next time…. Protect OUR HOUSE!

-Dr. Nikki