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A Sedentary Lifestyle Can Be Evident as Early as Age 3; Here's How Parents Can Help

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This is true especially if you join them, which can help keep your own weight in check.

"Go out there with your kids and play tag or touch football, or take them to the playground," says Hill, director of UC's Center for Human Nutrition and on the steering committee for America on the Move, a program to promote "energy balance" in young Americans by encouraging more exercise.

"You don't want to be measuring their resting heart rate or timing them to make sure they get their 60 minutes -- short bursts of regular activity are also fine. Just help them have fun, so they get in the habit of thinking of physical activity that way."

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