Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Meditating for Health

"When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky."  

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On a recent Southwest flight, an article in Southwest: The Magazine made me think about the heart of the Growing Healthy Kids project: giving kids tools for a lifetime of great physical, mental, and emotional health.  The article was about Andy Puddicombe, a man who spent 10 years as a monk in a monastery studying Buddhism.  He is now on a mission to help create a healthier, happier world.  Andy created an app called “Headspace” which teaches people how to meditate. He and his partner have also launched “Headspace for Kids”.

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Most kids today are on a daily digital overload.  Many kids have learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD).  Many of the foods kids eat are high in sugar and bad fats and are harmful to the brain.  Many kids are living with daily stress caused by growing up in poverty, through no fault of theirs.  Some kids are society’s victims of situational poverty, when parent are living paycheck to paycheck, lose a job and now the family is homeless.  Kids who are overweight get bullied by other kids and experience depression and anxiety.  Kids who live in neighborhoods with high incidences of violent crimes and shooting experience stress just getting to and from school.  Learning how to focus the mind and relax the body with mediation can improve health outcomes for a lifetime. 

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Meditation is a simple practice that can change your life.  Some of the benefits of meditation include:
  • A reduction in stress
  • Improved concentration
  • Personal commitment to a healthier lifestyle
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Improved attitude
  • Increased happiness
  • Slowdown of aging
  • Improved cardiovascular and immune system health

Who are we as a society to not actively seek ways to protect and promote our children’s brain health?  Growing Healthy Kids, Inc. is focused on improving the health – and lives – of America’s children.  Given the many benefits of meditation, isn’t it worth 10 minutes a day to give it a chance?  Google “Headspace for Kids” (go to or click here).
With love and gratitude,
Nancy L. Heinrich, MPH

Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.