Just in time for Father’s Day, eight-time Winter Games medalist and Dancing with the Stars champ Apolo Anton Ohno and his father, Yuki Ohno, were interviewed by radio and TV shows all over the country to talk about the importance of a supportive parent as well as of an active and healthy lifestyle.
As a young teen, Apolo struggled with some of the same peer pressures and unhealthy choices faced by kids today. Due to a strong relationship with his father he was equipped to make healthy decisions and stay on the right track.
The shows will begin airing this weekend so keep an eye and ear out for them as you celebrate Father’s Day. Also, be sure to check out pictures from the event on our Ask, Listen, Learn blog.
Apolo has partnered with The Century Council and its Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix program to promote its message for kids to “Say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking.” Ask, Listen, Learn's website, www.asklistenlearn.com, encourages kids to pledge to make healthy choices. The website features "SuperStars" like Ohno who send positive messages to kids.
The website also provides parents with information on talking to their kids. Yuki and Apolo’s relationship is a great example of how parents have the power to teach their kids to make smart decisions. The research shows that 65% of kids identify their parents as the leading influence in their decision not to drink alcohol. Healthy choices begin in childhood and continue through the teen years so talk to your kids now and talk to them often! They are listening.