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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

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Keeping Kids Fit

With soaring obesity rates, and the health risks associated with kids being overweight, more and more parents are asking how to help their kids get (or stay) fit.  Here are some easy tips.

  1. Set a good example. Exercise and eat right. See your doctor regularly for well visits and promptly for examinations when you think you may be unwell.
  2. Ensure that your kids eat a healthy diet. Minimize fast foods and foods that are high in fat, sugar, caffeine, or salt.
  3. Take your kids to a good pediatrician for regularly scheduled well visits. When your kids may be ill and needing medical attention, seek medical intervention promptly.
  4. Set aside a specified time each day for your kids to put down the electronic games, turn off the TV and computer, and play outside. Hide and seek, leap frog, Simon says, Red Rover, kickball, tag, jumping rope, and a million other generations-old childhood games involve enjoying activity and fresh air. If electronic games are a must in your household, a Wii is an electronic game that encourages physical activity.
  5. Enroll your kids in youth sports and activities such as YMCA/YWCA, municipal, or school-based programs. Also, your kids may be interested in private dance classes, golf lessons, etc.
  6. Also set aside a specified time each day for family activities.
  7. Let your kids have days in which they get to select the shared activity of the day. If Johnny gets to select an activity on Mondays and Wednesdays, Janie gets to make her selection on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you (as parents) make your selections on Fridays through Sundays, then everybody will look forward to the days that they get to decide what the family does for a shared activity.
  8. Get your babysitter involved. Have her promote healthy, active behavior in your absence.
  9. Go on nature hikes.
  10. Bicycle to points of interest that are near your home.
  11. Celebrate the kids’ birthdays at water parks, skating rinks, or other areas that promote fun physical activity.
  12. Take vacations that are physical. For example, go to Disneyland (a lot of walking is involved).
  13. Reward good behaviors with “gift certificates” that are redeemable for a fun physical activity.

By following these tips, you can feel assured that you are doing your part to ensure that your kids are growing up fit.

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