TIPS for parents who want to make healthy changes

Here are some resources and links that can help parents who want to take charge of encouraging healthier lifestyles in their families.


Small changes add up over time.  Here are a few sites that offer information, suggestions and other ideas for healthier families:

How can a parent encourage a child to be active? Try these solid suggestions from some of the best sources around, starting with “Be a good role model.”
  • Be active yourself. Be a good role model. Let your kids see you walking, biking, swimming. Play ball or do other physical activities with them. Turn the jump rope.
  • Limit TV time and screen time (video games, texting, computer) to two hours or less per day. Screen time has been linked to obesity by many researchers. When children are in front of a screen, they are not active.
  • Inventory your kids’ toys. Which cause them to be physically active? Hula hoops? Jump ropes? When you choose toys, think about that.
  • In casual conversation, talk fitness and the importance of getting your heart rate up. Teach kids how to measure their heart rate.
  • Make it as easy for your child to be active every day. Invest in a basketball hoop or a small trampoline. If your child wants to be on a team, do what you can to get him or her there.
  • Consider volunteering as a coach. Get together with other parents to organize active after school activities.
  • Think of safe outdoor places where your child can play with other kids. Make active play dates with parents of other kids in places where children and adults can throw a Frisbee or have races.

Find more ideas and resources at

Sources:; Centers for Disease Control; Weight-control Information Network: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases



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