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Importance of Nutrition and Exercise
Volume 73, Program 31
3/26/2007
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Education is obviously a priority for homeschoolers—but what about health? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith and his guest talk about how families can live a healthy lifestyle.

Mike Smith:
This week, our guest is Rodger Sayre, an HSLDA board member and homeschool dad. Rodger, we’re glad to have you with us this week.

Dr. Rodger Sayre:
It’s my privilege, Mike.

Mike:
Rodger, you’re a family physician and you have 11 children of your own. From that broad perspective, what can you tell us about the importance of nutrition and exercise for youngsters?

Dr. Sayre:
For youngsters? How about if we include those of us who are parents in the discussion?

Mike:
Well, let’s do that.

Dr. Sayre:
Mike, I really do seem to spend a lot of time emphasizing how important it is to be exercising each day. And diet is equally important. Both the quality of the food that we consume, and the amount of exercise that we get, affects virtually every aspect of our being—physical, mental, and spiritual. Just as the type of fuel we put in the tank of our car has a bearing on its performance, the quality of food that we eat has an impact not only on how we feel but on how well we can perform when our bodies are taxed. And by the way, they do need to be taxed. A couch potato-type lifestyle leads to obesity, heart disease, and a litany of other health problems.

The bottom line is that taking care of our bodies is our God-given responsibility, and adequate exercise, together with good nutrition, are critical if we are to fulfill that responsibility.

Mike:
Rodger, that’s good advice. So join us next time as we continue to talk about how families can have a healthier lifestyle. Until then, I’m Mike Smith.


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