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Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

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Try scheduling a regular family meal as a good first step. Studies have shown that eating regular, healthy family meals can reduce the risk of obesity in children. So start a nightly family dinner ritual if you don't have one already.

Then, instead of turning on the TV after dinner, suggest a family walk. You could also offer to join a gym and go with your teen. It's OK to start out slowly, maybe being more active once a week, and then walk or workout more often over time. If you make a healthy lifestyle part of your family culture, your child will develop good habits to last a lifetime.

 

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