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And improving your children's health doesn't just mean making the right choices for them, but making the right choices for yourself - the person they imitate.
Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., told MayoClinic.com that "a parent's active lifestyle is a powerful stimulus for a child. You are a role model for your children; set a good example by making physical activity a priority in your life."
Five Tips from the Mayo Clinic:
- Set the Example
- Limit Screen Time
- Establish a Routine
- Let Your Child Set the Pace
- Promote Activity, Not Exercise
Guidelines and Activities for Staying Active
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Children and Adolescents CDC Toolkit for physical activity.
In Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child's Life the CDC helps you meet physical activity guidelines.
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides science-based guidance to help Americans aged 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity.
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, Chapter 3: Active Children and Adolescents focuses on children and teenagers.
Healthy Families from HHS This page contains information to help you improve your health, the health of your loved ones, and to assist those who need help with daily life.
Nutrition and Health
The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has information on healthy weight, nutrition, physical activity, as well as data and statistics.
KidsHealth.org has information for parents, kids and teens as well as quizzes and activities.
Health InformationKids and H1N1 teaches you about the flu.
MedLine Plus has trusted health information on children's health.
WebMD has a Kids BMI calculator and an immunization schedule.
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online. Net Cetera from the Federal Trade Commission is full of practical tips to help parents help their kids navigate the online world. Available in English [PDF | 508KB] and in Spanish [PDF | 515KB]. Read More.Children's BMI Calculator
Media-Be Educated and EntertainedOverweight and Obesity podcast (MP3, 21.9MB, 46:27)
Preschool Weight Training (MP3, 4MB, 6:05)
Step Away from the Table (MP3, 1MB, 0:59)
Exercise: A No-Cost Prescription for Health (MP3, 3MB, 4:57)
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Crisis in the Crib (WMV, 225MB, 36:19)
Mumps Make a Comeback (MP3, 2MB, 3:18)
H1N1 and Children High-Risk Medical Conditions (MP3, 6MB, 8:27)
Focus on Flu WebMD/CDC Blog
Put it in MotionMarathon Kids: Fellowship through Fitness
Jump Rope for Heart
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