Family Health: Getting Fit, Bit by Bit

Small Changes Pay Off Big for Family Health
Don't tell kids they need to exercise. Instead, plan fun family activities like walking, cycling or playing sports together.

By Christina Elston

Something has to change. One-third of American children are obese or at risk of becoming obese, according to federal health officials. These kids are in danger of developing diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, cancer and a host of other health problems. And things will only get worse unless families do something.

But what should we do? The words "diet" and "exercise" sound more like difficult, unpleasant chores than upbeat, healthy changes that kids and adults will enjoy. Just where do we begin, and how do we stick with it?

The answer lies in making small improvements, a little at a time, and in changing the way we look at and respond to our children's lifestyles.

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