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We play a lot of outdoor family games together, and watch very little tv.

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I have 2 boys, 5 and 2. Just within the last 2 months have we started focusing on eating healthy and exercising. My oldest has always been a junk food junkie because I did not offer him anything else before now. But this whole week I have been cooking one meal and they eat that. I am not offering them anything else-like chicken nuggets, corn dogs, mac and cheese. I used to cook a meal for my husband and I amd then make chicken nuggets for the boys. Not anymore. And they actually like the food I make. My youngest has always like veggies and fruits but thats because we were more focused on eating better since he's been born.

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My DD is only 2 1/2, but she loves her fruit. Still working on the veggies, she'll eat ALMOST anything that I do. Her grandparents like to spoil her with "treats" but at home I try to limit them to once a day or every other day. But it gets hard at times because her dad is a big junk food junkie, and I occassionally get a sweet tooth.

I let her help me at the grocery store and she picks out a couple things from the produce section and I let her choose a couple snacks. She especially loves strawberries, bananas, and grapes with are essential items in this household. She will almost always choose one of those over chips, cookies, and things like that.

She also loves to "workout" with me. Even one day she got out my workout dvd and wanted to exercise. I put it in, with the intention of not doing it myself, but she got me to get up and do it with her. It was the cutest thing, just had to be there, lol.

And we try to go to the park that's nearby at least once or twice a week, it's close enough that we walk there and back. We have been going for 2-3 walks a day this week, it's usually 1 or 2. She loves to play games like we pretend to be frogs or bunnies and hop around, or we play chase. Anything that is age appropriate and is fun.

I want her to know now that exercising isn't a chore, that it's good for you and can be so much fun. When she gets older, we will do things like riding bikes and playing hopscotch and jump roping and all kinds of things like that. I want to get her involved in other activities like sports, dance, and/or gymnastics~ something she will like and enjoy doing.

But right now I'm enjoying the wonderful time we have and teaching her healthy habits along the way.

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As a Grandpa, I have two different generations to share how we have maintained healthy children and a healthy granddaughter.

My two sons have different body types, with my oldest sharing my wifes side of the family - taller and tending to be more lean, and my youngest taking after the men on my side of the family, shorter and with wiiiide, wide shoulders, narrow hips and derriere and big strong legs.

From birth, we let them eat when they wanted and didn't force them to eat everything on their plate. We did however guide them towards regular eating times. We tried different foods - some they liked and some they didn't, but they always finished the new portion on their plates. Thirty five years ago, candy was the only real bad guy and my wife really liked to bake, so we had home made pies, cakes, cookies and homebaked rolls. I didn't particularly care for a lot of sweets, so my portions were small and I never had "seconds" on anything but the hot rolls. Maybe my sons picked up on this because to this day they rarely have baked goods in their house.

Early on, my sons picked up my interests in baseball and football. Living in Southern California, the Little League baseball season was much longer than most other parts of the country and both sons showed an affinity for the game. Since both "inherited" their dad's competitive streak, they practiced with friends nearly year round. They also ran, hunted, swam, climbed rock formations in the mountains with me, went sledding and horseback riding, skateing and bike riding. They were both more active than I or my wife could keep up with.

Neither son was a picky eater, however my oldest picked off every bit of fat he could find on meat we cooked.

When we had their friends over, we never made anything "special" for them - they ate what we ate. My oldest sons best friend would often have dinner with us and remark on how well everything tasted. Once his mom came down to talk to us about how we got him to eat the things we had, because at home he would refuse to eat certain things and would throw tantrums to keep from eating them. We told her we just put it on his plate and he ate it (my contention was that he had taught mom and dad early on that he could be in control). At our house, it was obvious who the Alpha Male was and he never once complained about anything we fixed - not even asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower.

When my youngest son was accepted on the KCPD, they used the height/weight charts and determined he was too heavy for his height. At 5'8", he wears a size 46 Short coat and 36x30 relaxed fit pants because of his large thighs. He also works out at the gym and can arm press 300# and leg press #490#. Because there was an appeal process, he went to a doctor and had a weight displacement water test done which showed he had a miserly 14% body fat, well under the maximum body fat standard of 18%.

When my granddaughter was born, he insisted she be allowed the same priveleges he had when he was growing up regarding foods, much to the displeasure of his wife who was of the "eat at a certain time and clean up your plate" philosophy. But since her cooking was limited to little more than boiling water, using the toaster and the microwave, my son did most of the cooking and had his way regarding my DGD's eating. She is now 10, 4'8" and 72 pounds. Slender and muscular, she can out energy her grandmother, her grandfather and her dad - consecutively. She has been exposed to dance, gymnastics, softball, hiking, biking and hunting. Last deer season she went with her dad hunting, helped load the deer he shot on the back of the four-wheeler, helped unload it, hang it, and dress it out.
Yes, she used a knife and helped eviscerate and clean the deer. She loves venison - as do we, and since it has no cholesterol it is good for us. She loves to visit grandma and grandpa and use our 18'x36' in-ground pool. She can swim, dive, play, dive and swim underwater longer than most fish. One day while she was here, I calculated the energy she burned (over 5,000 calories) and tracked her intake (over 4,800 calories). She woke up the next morning "starving" and had a breakfast consisting of two eggs, six slices of turkey bacon, a glass of orange juice and a glass of skim milk, and six chocolate chip pancakes with yogurt spread and syrup. She "often" outeats grandpa, but I haven't burned over 5,000 calories in a day for a long time.

She naturally picks fruit over baked goods or ice cream, and we applaud and reinforce her choices.

We'll do the same thing for our new grandson when he touches down in 25 days.

It is my theory that if you expose your children to "sweets", other than natural ones, at a young age, like their parents of grandparents - they can easily acquire that carbohydrate addiction we seem to have.

While it doesn't seem to work for some children, my children and granddaughter eat until they are full, then you can't tempt them to eat dessert of any kind. Not even chocolate cake with chocolate frosting topped by fudge sauce and chocolate ice cream.

Oh man, it is certainly a good thing we don't have any of those things in the house now or I'd be in BIG Trouble.

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7/25/07 10:04 A

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I think the LARGEST contributor to childhood obesity is inactivity. Too much tv, dvd's, video games, and computer stuff!

When I was growing up, we had junkfood around - but we didn't get obese because we were all sooooooo active. We played outside from sun-up to sundown in the summertime. We rode bikes. We also all participated in multiple team sports - swim team, softball, tennis.... those are so important!

I don't have kids yet, but when/if I do - I will strongly encourage them to get involved in physical activities - ideally some that make them practice several times a week.... emoticon

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When my kids were younger I would always take them with me to the grocery and let them each pick 3 items from the produce section. They never picked the ame thing and they got to put everything in the bags and in the cart. Kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they pick them out

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We limited sweets from the start. My child had no sugar until she was 2. She loves all fruits and veggies. She does like cookies or chocolate now, but stops after a couple of bites. When she says she wants dessert, she asks for fruit or carrots. We've never taken her to McDonalds, she won't drink fruit juice. I had to bring in a doctor's note to her daycare in order to be allowed to bring in healthy snacks for her. To me that seems weird. You would think they would want kids to eat fruits and veggies rather than cookies and pastries.

We started her in swim lessons at age 3, and try to keep her active. At 4, she can walk with us for three miles at a time. We don't push it on her. She has seen me working out, and asks if she can do her workout as well.

I can understand how it would be extremely hard to limit snacks with a child if they won't eat fruit and veggies. I think I got lucky. We'll see how long her healthy behavior lasts!

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All of you have a lot of good ideas. My daughter, 3 years old has Sensory Processing Disorder. She is so petite and still fits into some 18 month clothes!!
She was a preemie...7 weeks early.
She is very picky about her eating, but I have learned that she needs to eat several small portions a day. She is very good about fruit and yogurt so that helps!
Also, she struggles with needing a lot of "oral input." So she is constantly putting things in her mouth OR she is saying she is hungry even though she just ate. With the help of her OT we figured out that she was looking for input, not food.

I noticed during a post and I don't even remember whhat thread, but it was on this team. Someone said that kids KNOW when they are full....no they don't! Not all of them do! So we are being very careful to watch and listen to our daughter so she doesn't overeat.
I just thought it was good info for others to know!
My very best to everyone! Cathy

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I agree!! My kids eat 3 meals a day and they get a snack after dinner, usually yogurt or sugar free pudding. They are not allowed to eat between meals.

PORTION CONTROL is very important!!!We read all of the labels and they eat the amount that it says on the package for portions. Some times the portions are cut in half; chips, cookies, etc.

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I agree and practice many of these ideas with my own kids. my daughter LOVES yogurt and we freeze it (not "frozen yogurt" but actual yogurt that has been frozen) and she scrapes it with a spoon and loves it.

I think while focusing on snacks is a GREAT thing and probably most of childhood obesity problems stem from excessive or inappropriate snacking, I also think that having seconds, or extras at meals, or poor health quality meal options is a problem.

When my son who is skinny and tall for his age, askes for thirds!!! of meat from a meal, I offer him an apple or banana instead. Not that I think meat is bad, but inexcess is very high in saturated fats. I once watched him eat an entire chicken worth of meat!!

I want him to have enough food, but my mother gives him pudding, cookies, AND chips in his lunch. Granted he also has wheat bread and no condiments (doesn't like them) on his sandwich and a peice of fruit, is 3 sugary, fatty snacks necessary??? emoticon

 
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Leading by example. Having plenty of the fruits and vegetables they like. Limiting the amount of "junk food" in the house.

My kids are healthy, play sports, and eat well. They are a bit under weight for their heights, but their dad is like that (darn them emoticon ). They do have "junk food" in their game room. I only buy so much of it a month. They have not pigged out because they know it is a limited supply. Filled only once a month. In the fridge in that room they also have a variety of fruits which are re-filled often. So far I have not had any problems with this situation. It also helps me stay out of the junk food because I am too lazy to go in that room for the junk food. Plus their junk food does not appeal to me at all! I like the richer things!

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With 5 kids and my family's history of morbid obesity I have my work cut out for me. All my kids ages 2-18 are a healthy size...I want that to continue.
I have instilled the philosophy that eating healthy and exercising is like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or getting dressed in the morning...you just do it as a normal part of your life. You eat healthy and exercise and you can do just about anything.
Exercise isn't just for fitness freaks or people trying to lose weight. That is sending the wrong message that it isn't for everyone everyday.
We play active games before our sedentary games.
So we jump on the trampoline, then we lay back and count the birds flying over...teaching counting and being aware of our surroundings...something my asperger 5 1/2 year old needs!! When we get to a certain number we get up and bounce and play red light/green light!
We play hopscotch and set up obstacle courses in the yard. Anything active and FUN!
I give a variety of choices on my children's plate...but very small portions, then let them choose what they "like." If there is something I know they don't like to eat (peas for example) I will give them a small portion and as soon as they are done, they get the rest on their plate. No fuss, no emotions, just the rules. Even my spectrum guy eats it up!! And I get a better idea of what they like...for that day anyway!! I am so proud of them when they have made the attempt to eat something rather than making them "finish everything on their plate!" They seem more satisfied and content rather than full and wanting more.
With smaller portions and variety my kids (who thrive on choice) do really well. Do we ever have a meltdown or struggle, of course!! But it is getting easier!
My Asperger teen is very picky, so I have him give me a list frequently of his favorite foods and he has to list every food group...fruit/veggie, protein etc. Then I promise only that I will have SOME of this around, but he has to eat the vegee/fruit protein etc foods and then he gets he can choose those snacks. He is not an easy one, but he is slowly making gains.
As one poster said, slow and steady.
Have an awesome day!

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One thing I read in a book by WW, I think it is called "Family Power", is to allow each child to choose 2 "treats" per day. This is 2 items that would be cheat foods, like a serving size of cookies, pretzels, chips, a cola, 100 calorie pack, whatever. The point being, if you deprive your kids then they will go out and chow down on the worst foods when they aren't with you. You have to make small changes in order for them to last.

KyliesMomKim has great ideas, as most of the ideas in this thread have been, to incorporate small changes. Just remember if you do too much too quickly, your family will rebel.

The first changes I made with my kids, eating wise, are they need to have at least 2 fruit servings (I can't get them to eat veggies yet) before they can have one of their treats. They know that they only get 2 treats per day, so they are careful to budget if they want something after dinner or between meals, etc.

I always suggest either a fruit or dairy snack so they can save their treat for dessert or something.

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I gave these idea's in the picky eaters section but I will repost emoticon

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1. Takes a cooking class at our local health food store - which teaches them about different foods and ways to cook.
2. I take her into the produce isle weekly and have her choose 1 new thing to try each week
3. We don't eat packaged or processed foods - these not only add to your weight they add to depleating cash - we make most goodies- cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pretzels etc from scratch
4. I fill DD's plate with 2/3 veggies or fruits, and the other is split between protein and carbs.
5. DD gets 1 soda per week and that's it
6. We NEVER eat fastfood- this is more than just for health reasons - I find it plain NASTY
7. I allow her to pick 3 menu items weekly 1 - breakfast 1- lunch 1-dinner
8. She's allowed ice cream 2x per week and I let her pick when she wants it
9. Snacks are only ever CHEESE, FRUIT or VEGGIES!
10. I allow her to cook with me a few times a week and be my ginnie pig as I'm cooking



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I encourage healthier habits by not allowing soft drinks, red dye, or sugary sweets into my house.

My kids drink milk with meals and water any other time. I also buy white wheat bread instead of regular white; they can't even taste the difference.

My children are PICKY eaters. So we have been working in new healthy foods a little at a time. We've worked in 1-2 fruits and 1 veg. a day and we've recently worked in oatmeal for breakfast which is a BIG plus. Oatmeal has a list of healthy benefits. My kids eat yogurt for snacks instead of ice cream. Slowly but surely I want to get rid of the processed foods that my kids consume and work in healthier alternatives.


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Ok parents-you have the control over what food is available in your own home. Use it wisely. Another thing to remember is that you are the role model for your child. If you show that you value your health and model healthy behaviors in terms of dietary choices and how you spend your leisure time your children will recognize these values. It is extremely difficult for children to be successful at weight loss if the key role models in their life are not making positive health choices. What if you have a history of not making healthy choices? As you change your lifestyle choices, acknowledge this to your children, and foster these same changes in their lives. Encourage and promote your children to be active and healthy with you!

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Well... I think the biggest thing is lead by example.

Just because I'm the only one trying to/needing to lose weight, doesn't mean the family as a whole can't benefit... I always keep the fridge stocked with yogurt, baby carrots, and string cheese. I switched to natural peanut butter and margarines with the added Omega 3's. Beverages are water, milk, 100% juice, and diet green or white tea. Soda--even diet, cookies, or chips are typically a treat reserved for Saturdays at Nana's house. I let my 6 year old son help me prepare meals by reading recipes and helping with measurements. He has seen me reading labels so in turn does the same-- even on his occasional can of soda. emoticon Also as a family we go walking 3-4 days a week varying this up with outside( park, school track, neighborhood) and inside the mall on overly hot or rainy days. I wear a pedometer so my son always checks with me to make sure I am making my goal.

And the neat thing is I have witnessed how healthy habits can spread to others...

My 6 year old son, who tends to be on the skinnier side, in a small way has had impact on his cousin (and very best friend) who is on the thicker side. My sister tells me that since her son has spend the night he has asked to actually snack on carrots-- something he's never asked for. Also he often asks when are we coming back over so we all can go on a walk around their neighborhood (which happens to be 2 miles). This is the same kid that used to complain the corner park was too far! And mind you too the walks, aren't just walks, but adventures where the boys pretend to be everything from swash buckling pirates (coming across the occasional stick) to Transformers noting the various vehicles we go by. With their imaginations and the occasional race to the next corner they are too busy having fun to realize they are getting a work out too!

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THis is what I do to encourage healthy snacks:
I put a box in the refrigerator (shoe box- no lid) I divide healthy snacks into single serve bags or containers. Here are some things to try- carrot sticks, string cheese or cubes, grapes, oranges, peaches, pretzels, yogurt, etc. I have everything already peeled/sliced. This way everything is ready to go and they have options. But it is still only the things that YOU want them to have!

 
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It sounds as if everyone is encouraging their children to make the right choices.

One way to make sure they are getting exercise is to do it with them, I saw where one of you challenge your son to exercise in order to play his games, that is great.

I also saw where one tries to get her son to play his dance dance revolution, join him in that game. The game is a hoot. When I bought mine for my grandaon and granddaughter we only had one pad, so we would take turns seeing who could do it better, but then I went out and bought another pad and we can compete against each other.

You can also go outside and play hopscotch, jump rope, (we like to have jump rope competitions) you know see how long you can jump, who can do the most hots, who can jump on one leg the longest, we have to use our imaginations and be a child ourselves.

As for healthy eating, limit the junk food brought into the house, and if you want to bring some in, use the 100 calorie snacks, they are a great alternative to the bigger bags and with them already being proportioned out, you don't have to worry about them continuosly digging into a bag of chips or cookies mindlessly.

And I saw where one was concerned about the portion size at dinner.
You can buy smaller plates and have the whole family eat off them, this way you are controlling the portion size not only for the child you feel needs help but for the whole family.

Another alternative to healthy eating is to let them help you prepare a meal or two. They will learn how to make a healthy dish and spend time with you as well.

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Amy,

My 9 y.o. has always been off the charts in both height and weight. He's always been proportionate, just big-broad shoulders, muscular thighs.

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my 9 yr old, DJ is a naturally big boy. He has been above the growth charts all his life. I try not to let either boys see how much I worry about weight, but this year some of his friends told him he was overweight. I had the doctor explain that he is not overweight, he is just taller than anyone his age.

He's school did a program this year that helped him recognize what good food choices are and he tells me all the time that this food is better than that.

I take the boys for a walk evernight after dinner. They don't have a choice in going. Also summer camps that have sports themes are a good way for them to try something to see if they like it.

The ticket idea is great as a reward!!

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Hi,

I'm new to this group and love the great ideas. I have 2 boys. Neither are overweight, but one is naturally athletic, fit, etc and the other has to work at it. If given his own choice he would watch TV and play video games all day. They are both involved in soccer, karate, swimming and play outside with friends most days. Here are some of the things I have done during the lazy days of summer to get them moving.

1. I limit their TV/video game time by making tickets. They automatically get a certain number of tickets per week. Then they have an opportunity to earn more tickets by doing active things like swimming, bike riding, playing tag, walking the dog, Dance, Dance Revolution, etc. for 30 minutes at a time. I also have them cleaning their rooms and things like that.

2. I try to limit foods that have trans fats and HFCS in them. We look at the labels in the stores together and decide that the food is not worth buying. Then we go to a health food store and pick out something that is a treat, but healthy too.

3. My older DS, the one that has to work at staying fit, is always asking for a snack, mostly when he is bored. He has to have a fruit or dairy snack before he can have something like pretzels, goldfish. He is used to this now and rarely has the 2nd snack later on. He knows that he is more satisfied from an apple than a serving of pretzels. I don't keep chips and cookies in the house unless we are having company over.

My kids have shared my enjoyment in watching shows like Shaq's Big Challenge and the Biggest Loser and we talk about things we see on the show and I think this helps as well.

I hope my tips help some and will look forward to reading more.
Lisa

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As a teacher, it makes me so happy to hear that there are parents who are really trying to teach their kids good habits. I have to admit, though, that school cafeterias don't always do their part. There are still a lot of school systems who consider ketchup a fruit and french fries a vegetable. I'm proud to say that the system I teach in has begun to add fruit and salad bar to the lunch choices, and there are more kids than I thought there would be who like it. They must be kids of people like you who are teaching them good habits. Kudos to all of you!



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I try to make sure that the food that is in the house is what I want them to eat and what they should be eating. If chips, sugary drinks and cereals, doughnuts etc are available they will chose them. But when cheese sticks, pretzels, fresh fruit, oatmeal, milk and 100% fruit juice are the options - they willingly select those for meals and snacks and then enjoy a little of the other occasionally. Havng things in the house that they shouldn't eat and then telling them no tends to send a mixed message. Like our daughter stated years ago, "if they aren't good for us and we shouldn't be eating them, why are they in the cupboard." Out of the mouth of babes!

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We have made exercise a part of our family traditions. For 3 years now we have been going on a nature hike (1-3 miles) every Saturday. For the first few months there were a lot of moans and are we there yets, now everyone enjoys the time together, nature, and are excited to be the one to pick the next trail. I also joined the Y and let my son go to the play room. I signed him up for karate (he thought that was cool). Now he enjoys exercising just like mommy.

It may help with food choices if you limit the choices. I allow sweet treats, but purchase the 100 calorie snack packs and only allow 1 after he has finished his dinner. I put a small portion of everything on his plate and if he wants the treat he has to eat all but 1 of the options. (This allows him to feel in control and gives him the opportunity to not like something) It took about three months for my sons tastebuds to change. Now he doesn't even really like things that are too sweet or fattening.

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Hi! my name is Pam, and I am new to this group. I am always trying to get my almost 10 year old son, who is overweight, to exercise with me. But, he would rather sit in front of the Tv and play video games.....So, I tell him he has to exercise with me the next day for 20 minutes, and no video game. Then, he usually wants get it over with that evening, and he will ask if he can exerce that night. I tell him YES but he has to do 30 minutes.... Works everytime.....We will also hop on our bikes and go for a 15-20 minute ride. He loves riding bikes with Mom and Dad... Taking the Dog for a walk helps, too. As for the eating healthy part! I've tried showing him with his choices versus my choices. The great thing about Sparkpeople is that it has the calories for alot of foods. So I figure out what he want compared to what I want and show him on the plate how much more I can eat than he can, for the same amount of calories.... I did that with a bowl of ice cream. He had sprinkles and I had strawberries and blueberries. My bowl was full, his only had a 1/2 cup of ice cream and 2 Tablespoons of Sprinkles...... Impressed me anyway....Well, that's a few of my ideas. Thanks for reading. Good Luck emoticon

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I'd love to see what other people are doing to help encourage your kids to eat healthier and exercise more without putting stress on them to be "thinner" or lose weight.
I've been trying to encourage my son to eat healthier by choosing fewer sweets (which he has a VERY hard time doing) and by eating things like fruit or a carrot when he's feeling hungry between meals. He's generally good natured about it, but he still eats way too much at meal times.
We encourage him to get out and ride his bike and play his "dance, dance revolution super nova" on his playstation daily. I feel like it's just too little yet, but I'm glad he's making a few changes, I know it's just the start.
So what do you all do to help your kids out? Looking forward to your ideas!

If you focus on results, you will never change.
If you focus on change, you will get results.
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