Instilling the concept of a healthy lifestyle involves more than just good nutrition. Kids also need a regular exercise regimen to keep them healthy and fit.
There is no scarcity of activities that you can make available to your child, and all kids can find some form of exercise that they enjoy.
If you can get your child interested in an activity when he's young, exercise is likely to become a habit that lasts for many decades.
Getting 45 to 60 minutes of activity on as many days as possible is an important and achievable goal. Even if the total activity time is broken up into 15-minute segments, your child is still reaping the benefits.
Getting teenagers into the routine of exercising increases the likelihood that they will grow up to value healthy living and stay active.
For younger children, it may take concerted efforts of parents, schools and communities to counter the many diversions vying for a youngster's time and attention.
Dr. Cori Cross and Melanie Cole, MS, give you the best tips for getting your children active, healthy and fit.