Healthy Families, Healthy Kids
7 Healthy Habits to Pass on to Your Kids
With 1 in 3 children and teens considered overweight or obese in the United States, it’s time to do something, and doctors agree that parents need to take the lead when it comes to educating children about staying healthy: Up to 90% of doctors agree that weight is the most important health topic for parents to discuss with their children, even more than safe sex, cigarette smoking, drug use, and alcohol consumption, according to the 2011 Raising Fit Kids survey by WebMD and Sanford Health. In addition to having an open dialogue, it’s important to lead by example. “Kids definitely take on the behaviors of their parents,” says Susan Bartell, PhD, a parenting and child psychologist in New York. To set your child on the right path, turn everyday activities like dinnertime, playtime, or grocery shopping into real-life lessons on health, nutrition, and fitness. Here’s how.
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