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It's a little scary to think about, but if you do some research on artificial sweeteners, some of them actually increase appetite. Let him snack - mostly on veggies w/ low-fat dips and fresh fruit. 'Ants on a Log' are a good snack. Celery, neufchatal cream cheese (the fats help with the feeling of fullness), and a few raisins for sweetness. I sympathize with the activity problems - I've lived in AZ, and sometimes it's really difficult to do an awful lot. Some of the shopping malls have play areas for the kids - I used to love those when mine were small. AZ is where I was introduced to Discovery Zone. Unfortunately they went bankrupt and facilities were bought by Chuckee Cheese. Go figure! At least try to work off some of those pizza calories... Another place my kids got lots of exercise was at our local Children's Museum. Indoors, air conditioned, and lots of activities.

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Can I start a page for my 7 year old grandson. He weighs a 100 pounds and although I am trying to decrease his calories he still eats insestintly. He loves vegatables etc but also has a sweet tooth. I make everything sugar free. Getting him active is a big problem. Its hot in AZ. He can't always play outside. The cooler mornings are helping but he needs more. I thought getting him involved in helping himself might make a difference???? emoticon emoticon

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you know i was always over weight, i weighted 267 when i graduated high school, was a size 14 in 8th grade. the one thing i would like to mention is the harder my dad would be on me about my weight, the more emotional eating i did. i would serious look into her emotional state, and not just what she is eating but why. and be as tactful as possible. i don't think there is one good answer, but doing something helps, she young and her habits may follow her through the rest of her life.

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I agree... I remember as a child never having junk food in the house or soda. Ever. My sister and I were very slim and healthy all through our teens. Granted I became overweight as an adult but I do not eat junk food much and NEVER drink soda. My 4 year old son also does not. If its not in the house they wont eat it. However, what happened with me is once I moved out I was able to eat what I want and I did... Children learn from example. So I am trying to lead a good one.

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This is going to sound harsh but GET RID of the snacks. If the snacks (100 calories or other wise) are there she is going to eat them. 100 calorie packs are no good if you eat two or three several times a day. Frozen pizza is packed with calories. And if she's in public school she's already eating pizza several times a week.

Get your daughter on spark people and teach her what a "calorie" is and try logging her food over a few weeks to show her what she is eating. I also suggest a Book, "The Eat-clean Diet".

I speak form experience. My nephew was 150 lbs at 9 years old. He is now down to 116 lbs (he came to live with us two years ago). I cut out the hot pockets, pizza, grab bag of chips, and the idea that he must put Cheese on everything he eats. Yes the whole family suffers from the fact that these snacks are not in the house but they also benefit in that none of use needs those things. I cook veggies every night and try to stay away from processed meats. Yes we still eat pizza (maybe twice a month) and corndogs and chicken nuggets. But our snacks are bananas, apples, oranges, wheat thins, light popcorn, PB&J on wheat bread, sandwich meat, and even pickels.

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I am a teacher and we have a Choosy curriculum.

www.choosykids.com.

It is great for both teachers and children alike. It gets the body moving and talks about healthy eating.

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We have done fitness fundraisers in the past (ie. bike a thons, walk a thons, hop a thons, etc.)

We have also had family picnics with exercise type activities (ie. 3 legged race, potato sack races, parachute, log rolls, etc.)

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Hi...

That sounds like a great idea. Can I ask what is on the calendar? some ideas..that's all I am looking for.

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My problem is my daughter 13 and weights 170lbs. She is about 5'6 in height. Her brother is 15 and weights about 165 - 170lbs and is 6'2'. I am tall 5'7' and weight 150lbs, and her father is 6'1', and weights about 210. My daughter has been to the dr. and she said that she needs to lose about 10lbs. How can I help my daughter lose the l0lbs. I buy some junk food, for the other members of the family, but mainly buy 100 calorie granola bars and 100 calorie snack paks, trail mix, pretzels, yogurt and fruit. Both kids don't eat much veggies. I have to force it, with dinner, and if I don't they skip it altogether. My daughter's idea of a snack after school is two or three different kinds of snacks mentioned above, and sometimes frozen pizza or an lean cuisine before dinner at 6 or 6:30pm. She hates exercising. I do have her in spring and fall soccer, plus basketball when it is available. I have her walking to school in the mornings, but she refuse to walk home, and catches a ride with her friends mom, who lives two block away from us. I have tried excerising with her, like biking, walking, etc. Is there anything else I can do, to get her motivate to eat less, and execrise more? I wish my daughters Phys Ed teacher would give the kids in school an fitness chart to complete each week. That might get her to get moving more than the schedule activities that I enrolled her in. Have I done enough?



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4/5/08 11:28 P

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My daughters phy ed. teacher just sent home a calendar of the month for her to keep track of her fitness, he listed 4 different categories with exercise ideas and has requested them to return the calendar weekly. emoticon

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Suggestion: How about being on the Ways & Means committee (Fund-raiser) at your school. This way you can help with ideas for alternative ways for the school to get some income without selling "candy", etc. Sometimes schools get into a rut and go with what they know or what they've always done. I'm sure they would love to have fresh ideas. Do some research and present to them.

Our school sells SCRIP, has a restaurant of the month (restaurant gives a % of sales to the school), we go to a different restaurant each month. I also signed up with certain grocery stores who give $, usually a quarterly check (e-scrip.com [Vons, Macy's department store], Ralphs, Food4Less, Albertson's, Stater Bros.), I'm sure there are a lot more depending on where you live. So everytime the parents shop and swipe their cards, the school gets credit. Also stores like Office Depot, Target and some uniform companies give rewards back also. It's a great way and very easy way to get FREE Money for your school.

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3/12/08 11:50 A

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If your child is 13 or older, when you create a profile, it will automatically go to SparkTeens. I signed up my 16 yr son - not because he's overweight - quite the opposite (112 lbs, 5'6"; always has been in the 5% bracket.) He wants to eat healthier since playing basketball and wasn't quite sure how many calories to consume etc. This way he has control and can see if he's not eating enough for the amount of activity he's doing.


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3/11/08 11:28 A

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I also was strapped with selling candy that my older kids brought home one day. Unfortunately, before I could send it back to school, my daughter had eaten about 10 candy bars! I dropped it off at the school myself the next day. Fundraising should be a voluntary activity, and why just candy? It seems that the promotion of healthy foods they talk about in school is thrown out the window. I remember one fundraiser in high school where we sold popcorn kernels in decorative jars. (This was before microwave ovens.) They were a big hit because it was different!

On another note, I've been getting my girls out from in front of the TV before bath time to have some active and fun playtime. My 6 year old daughter weighs as much as a 9 or 10 year old according to the doctor, and I'm adding some exercise in our routine to help her lose weight without her really knowing about it. I've also started her on the treadmill for 5 minutes a day to start. She sees me using it, so her using it is kind of matter of fact. Every time she uses it for 5 minutes, she gets a smiley face on the calendar. After 10 smiley faces, she can pick a prize at the dollar store. Next month I'll up it to 10 minutes and see how she reacts. If she continues I'll buy her her own CD player so she can listen to music like I do. I don't want my sweet girl to be the "fat girl" in class.




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I work with 125 Army Cadets. Part of their training involves a fitness test twice a year. Unfortunately, we have many who do not even achieve the bronze level of fitness. About a year ago, I was angry at the weight I had become, and so I decided to lose the weight. I looked around at my cadets, and noticed that some of them, were even bigger than me. I started the Biggest Loser Club, and stressed that it wasn't about weight loss, but about fitness improvement that would result in a healthier lifestyle and weight loss. I created a little package of exercises and dietary guidelines, and believe it or not, some have actually improved their fitness levels and have lost weight. I think the big motivation was that I, and the other officers, decided that we needed to get in shape/lose weight, and this was something they could participate in where they were "equals" to us.

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My boyfriend and I have decided that we need some active hobbies, so - for the winter its going to be skiing, and summer we are going kayaking/hiking. I have a three year old and he will be able to take ski lessons next year, and part of kayaking will be swimming, so that will be great exercise for all of us. Luckily he isn't very picky about his food and mostly just wants to eat whatever he sees me eating. He loves fruit and veggies, and always has. I dont have junk food in the house, so none of us eat it.

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my grandkids are young right now, but I try to feed them vegies and food that is good for them at their young age, which I think helps give them a good start, and hopefully they will stick with eating good, hopefully they don't get too picky. all of everyone's ideas will be helpful when the kids grow older, we do a garden every year and alway keep up with yard work every year, which will help kids keep active.

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You are right they should have to get permission to sale the items.....I know my sons' old school would send home a book, cd, etc at the end of the year with for the next grade level.....and they expected you to buy it most of the time it was $40-$50. I didn't buy them....and finally spoke to the principal about sending things home without permission attempting to sale items.

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That sounds wrong - in our school systems you have to sign a form if you want your child to participate in product sales. I would complain to the school if I were you. I know that some groups that do that expect you to sell the whole box and you're responsible for buying what you don't sell. I dont' think it's right for schools to expect kids to sell things all the time...



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Thank you soooooooo much!

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APRILROB, go to yahoo and do a search for spark teens and it will come up. emoticon

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Last night, my daughter wanted to buy a canybar from her school fundraiser box. It was on her mind all evening. But, I said to her..."which do you want more, the satifaction of the candy bar, or the satisfaction that you can help yourself be as healthy as possible (and maybe even thinner)? She chose health over the candy bar. Now....for a different discussion..how can the PTA send home a box of 52 candy bars and expect kids to sell them? They just showed up! I think that is wrong.

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Spark Teens? where can i find that?

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My daughter who is almost 13 became so impressed with Sparkpeople that she joined Spark Teens, so she is learning all the good stuff and now making her own healthy choices.

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WOW! Alot of great ideas.My children are 13,12,3 1/2 yrs.old.My two older children do Karate twice a week for 45 minutes.And my youngest also does Karate twice a week for 30 minutes.We are do the dancing around the house in between to stay activate.We also have wonder trails thorough the forest behind our that we going walking on during the day even in the snow.Lots of fun!

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A lot of great suggestions. My daughter has to ask if she wants a snack, if she choses bad stuff we talk about how we are cutting back and trying to be heathly. We also don't allow snacking after dinner before bed. Can't wait to get more active in the Spring, she loves to go to the park and now that I am losing weight I feel like going with her and not just sitting around watching her play. I am really working on trying to maintain her weight so as she gets taller she will trim down on her on. She is 7.

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Carol,

Thanks for the ideas, I do let the boys pick out their own veggies, and breaking up the snacks into snack size baggies just might work!! I will do that!!
Thanks again!! I hope you are having a healthy day!!!
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DK - My son used to sneak food too. I sat down with him and told him that if he is really hungry that I will let him have a healthy snack but that he cannot sneak food anymore. We went out and started trying different fruits & veggies. He doesn't really like raw veggies except for carrots so I make sure I always have some on hand. We did find some interesting fruit selections - he loves to eat mangoes and kiwi so when they are available I'll pick some up. We also started portioning out snacks. I bought a basket and a bunch of snack size & sandwich size baggies. If I buy a box of cheese nips I would portion them out so that when he did take a snack he was only getting one serving. Now, he's 14 years old, 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. The doctor says he is at a healthy weight now (which wasn't always the case), he is on the football and wrestling teams at school so he is more active now then he was just a couple of years ago. He understands now that it is important that he doesn't overeat so we don't have to portion everything out any more. He actually checks the nutrition label, goes into the box, and takes out 14 crackers then puts the box away. It took a long time for us to get to this point, but if he came to me at 5pm and said he was hungry I asked him if he could wait until dinner. If he said no, I would tell him he could have a couple of carrot sticks or something like that. It was always a small snack, but because I let him eat when he said he was hungry instead of telling him that he couldn't eat until I told him to have his meal, I believe that he started to understand when he was actually hungry and when he was bored, and we stopped fighting over his eating and he stopped sneaking food. It's a tough battle, but you have to help him realize that it is important for him and not just because you said so.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Kelley42: Thank you for your suggestion! My son is a very picky eater & I'm going to try this with him. I want him to eat more fruits & vegetables, so I'm pretty sure this will help him. He's not overweight in the least - he's just a picky eater who barely eats any vegetables.

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Hi Everyone!! I am new to this team, I my oldest is over weight and just took him to the drs. for blood work, right now he doesn't have diabetes, but it runs in my family and we need to get him to eat healthy!! Do you have any suggestions on how to get my 12 yr. old to eat better?? He likes to sneak food!!

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I also have an 8 year old son who is a little chubby.My solution was to eliminate all the junk food and let him choose which fruits and veggies he would like. This seems to work for us.Just having him make the choices instead of forcing him to eat the things I think he needs to eat seems to empower him to do a good job of actually eating what he has picked out.

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One of my teen boys is heavy & I worry about his health. We have talked about a healthy way to eat & he has increased his fruit & veggie intake. I have also challenged him to get 10 extra minutes of activity a day. (biking, brisk walking, etc) I'm hoping these small changes will help him to feel better & add changes of his own.

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I too use Geocaching to get my kids out for a walk. They really enjoy it and usually fight over who gets to hold the GPS. And while we're walking in the woods we talk and I sometimes learn something new about them.

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I have 3 teenagers (my girls are 13 and 18 and my son is 14) and getting them to eat well is not a problem if I stock the house with healthy foods. They all love fruit, and my girls will eat most raw veggies (my son only eats raw carrots but that works!). My problem has always been exercise. While my son is active in school sports for about 6 months a year, he is not active at all during the other 6. My oldest daughter has come around to being active and will work out at home (although she has taken to buying junk food more often since she has been working). My youngest daughter does kickline once a week and that is about it. She will play outside a lot in the spring & summer, but the rest of the year she just sits around. I've been trying to find things for us to do together, but there is always one of them who doesn't want to do what I suggest, until recently. I suggested Geocaching - it's searching for treasure (which could be a stuffed animal, a pen, or anything) basically. You can walk around with a GPS but you don't always need one. You can go to www.geocaching.com/ for info. Bring a pen or pencil because you typically just look for the treasure and then put it back for the next person to find. There is usually a notebook or something for you to put your name and the date you found it and then whoever hit the treasure checks in on it every once in a while to see who has found it. It's really cool and you can walk all over town. There are alot of states that participate in it, and they break it down by towns for you so you can stay near home or even do it if you are away from home depending upon how much you enjoy an adventure. There are different levels of geocaching so you can go light & easy or mountain climbing difficult!!! I like the easy ones and I can pick a different one to look for each week. It gives us something to do when it's nice enough to go out walking on a Saturday or Sunday but no one has any plans. I highly recommend it - and it's great for all ages!!!!

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Dawn, I love your idea about adding exercises with chores! I will have to try this. I actually can't complain about my kids not exercising. They are pretty active. They play sports and they don't eat a bunch of junk (except at grandma's on occasion). My son & daughter both play soccer in the summer & my daughter plays basketball in the fall. They love to run & play outside. I try not to push my son into doing too much as he has asthma & severe allergies. I always remind him that if he's having a hard time breathing, he needs to slow down & rest. He does pretty well. He takes his inhaler before gym class and soccer. Plus he takes his other medications. He is quite thin, but that's the way my husband was when he was little, so I think it's genetic. The funny thing is he is 8 & my daughter is 6, but she weighs about 3 pounds more than he does, but he's 1 inch or so taller than her. He's small for his age, but she's tall for her age:) People ask me if they're twins or if she's older than he is all the time:)

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For Christmas "Santa" gave my two daughters and me each a pair of matching rollerskates...this gets me more active with my children and they do not realize that they are exercising.

 
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The DDR games are great, my stepson loves them and it's an excellent way to get moving. X - in terms of your stepsister, make it something fun that she wants to do and depending on her curiosity level you can help her make better decisions by giving her the information. The last time we went to the grocery store my stepson wanted fruit snacks, which was fine, but he had to look at the nutrition info with me and decide which one he thought was best. It was a challenge for him because there is so much on the box, but also interesting for him to see. I always make sure that I don't push the issue or tell him that he needs to lose weight, my mother did that to me and I was way overweight by the time I decided that I needed to do it for me. Best of luck!!

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PS - on ideas for Sis - jump rope, exercise ball, wobble board, sports balls. I keep some of these things around and we just play. I don't know how old your sister is, but my daughter has one of those balls you bounce on and it has a handle. It requires a certain level of patience for all the activity around - basketballs bouncing, screaming and laughing, jumping - you get the idea. But it is worth it to see all of us having fun and not sitting around and eating bad stuff.

Also, we keep one of those tupperware trays full of veggies and fruit, cheese and olives. When we are hungry and it is not time for a meal we pull that out and have as much as we want and we don't have dip but maybe salsa once in a while.

Again, good luck. I guess I had better go and exercise now. emoticon

Still procrastinating my exercise, but one more thing we do here is that DD is sometimes the "exercise teacher" and I have to do what she does or we set up obstical courses with all our different stuff. Kind of like a circuit.

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Hey X and all - My daughter (and I - hee hee) just got a dance revolution game for the PS2. It is hilarious and you really work up a sweat. I thought that could be a fun thing for you and your sister. Maybe even something she can challenge you in if she is at all competitve.

If you don't have a ps2 or just want to give it a try there are the DDR games that don't require the video game they just plug into the front of the tv. We tried one of those first and it was fun, too, but not nearly as sophisticated as the video game.

Dr Sears has a book out, healthiest kid in the neighborhood. I highly recommend it. I wouldn't say too much to her about eating or exercising - she may feel attacked or just rebellious and go the other direction. You are not going to convince her, you just need to provide the tools for her to eat right and be active.

Don't keep any junk in the house and she won't be able to eat it. Everyone should eat the same things (no junk for Dad, either) and if she will only eat meat, I'd make some nice vegatarian meals. :)

Good luck. I think it is great that you care so much for your stepsister. Just don't try to control her, she, like everyone, has to make the decision to be healthy. I hope this doesn't sound too preachy, but I am one that rebelled against the fat remarks from my parents and just kept gaining weight. And I was (am?) an adult.



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Hey there. This isn't my daughter I'm going to be talking about, rather, my step sister. I'm only 18 myself, but I'm very concerned about her health.

She's only 8 years old and has already passed the 100lbs mark. Both her father and her mother are overweight (I try not to say obese, but in fact, they may both be...) My mother is a dance teacher, and while she doesn't have the best figure anymore (having two children does things to a woman) she knows a lot about nutrition and exercise.

Melissa (my step sister) refuses to eat anything healthy. We only see her for two days (the weekend) every two weeks. Her father, 5'9" and over 300lbs, has no back bone and will let her leave the dinner table before she eats her vegetables. She justs eats the meat.

She loves swimming. Absolutely adores it. We live in a condominium that has it's own swimming pool, and she wants to go with her dad all the time. He never wants to take her though. I would go with her, but I work the majority of the weekends.

It's very frustrating, because her mother doesn't seem to care, even though her doctor has told her that Melissa has a cholesterol problem.

I need tips, and I need them fast. How can my mother and I convince Melissa to start eating healthier and be more active? I've tried taking her for walks with me, but her father always says, "This neighbourhood is too dangerous! She might get hurt!"

Help!

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Hi everyone ,I recently wathched a oprah episode that featured Jessica Seinfield and her book "Deceptively Delicious" it sounds very interesting, most stores are sold out of it around here & hope to get more copies in soon .I look forwards to reading comments on the book ,I would love to get my kids to eat more veggies .


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I have heard about Jessica Seinfeld's book & have thought about buying it. Seems like a smart idea to get kids to eat a little healthier. emoticon

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Hi- I've not posted here before but read this page all the time. My doctor has recommended to my 11 yo son to do the 10,000 step program. He is very overweight and only swims twice per week. I have pedometer on order. We had them before as a part of a before school exercise class and he loved it. He and I are going to check out how many steps we have after school and head out to make sure we get the steps.

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Brand new to all of this so please be patient. I just bought a book at Sam's club called "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld (yes, Jerry's wife) The recipes use pureed vegetables for added nutrition without affecting the taste (supposedly). I've tried 2-- the spaghetti and the rice balls-- and truly the kids did not notice. I'm not sure about spinach in brownies, though. The foods are all very kid friendly--dips, nuggets, macaroni, grilled cheese. I'd love to hear from anyone who has succesful "sneakings" in their bag of tricks.

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When the weather is nice we go in the pool and play games where they have to keep moving. We also have them race each other. My daughter is 7 so she swims and my son is 3 and he swims in a ring (very fast). Karen

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When it gets cooler outside we take the kids to the park almost every evening and run around the field playing kickball, flying kites, and playing games. They love it, the get their exercise, and they go to bed early because they are tired. During the hotter days we play in the pool.

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We dance alot are our house. Crank up the music and let them run and move around.... My kids love to dance...




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I always keep a wide variety of fruit in the house. The kids get tired of apples all the time so I get peaches and plums, grapes, pears and something called a pluot. We make fruit salad with flavored yogurt, the kids love it! My kids will also snack on raw green beans. If they have an option they do like chips and cookies, but if they are not offered they are perfectly happy with fruit and veggies.

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We dance at our house. Turn on the music channels on cabel. Start at the first channel and dance. Keep it there for part of the song and go to the next channel and so forth. My kids dictate what kind of dancing to do. The may say "shake your hands" "run circles" which gives them ownership. If you don't have cabel use the radio and switch stations or use different cds/tapes.

Benefits:
1. Exercise
2. Different music styles develop different types of movements (great for coordination)
3. Inspires creativity
4. Exposes them to different genres of music
5. Gets you exercising with the kids

My kids love it - and we laugh and have the best time. Lots of giggles and smiles
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My 6 year old son and I play simon says exercise. He loves saying simon says do 10 pushups, 20 jumping jacks, run in place, ect... I also bought a treadmill recently. After watching me walk on it while watching my shows he decided it runs the tv. He now walks on the treadmill for 1/2 hour while watching his cartoon. We also make exercising a family tradition. For the last three years every Saturday - rain, shine, or snow - we take a 1 mile hike. His favorite is when it rains and we all have our rain coats and boots on. He may get a little wet, but loves splashing in the mud puddles. Now as for the healthy eating that is a whole different story. He wants to snack a lot. I make sure he eats healthy meals and alternate between a unhealthy snack he really wants and a healthy snack we can agree on. My DS is not overweight, but my whole family is. I want exercise and healthy eating to be part of who and what he is not something he struggles to do down the road.

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We have a chore jar on our kitchen counter. All the chores have a specific exercise/fitness item. For example, cleaning up the shoe area has run in place as it's exercise item. Other things include stretching, push-ups, wall push-ups. You get the idea. The kids really look forward to doing the extra chores and activities that go along with them.

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emoticon I completely understand about picky eaters! My son (6) and my baby (2) are actually pretty good when it comes to veggies and eating what we make for them. They actually prefer eating the veggies that anything else unless it's noodles (cause those are fun to eat). Our problem is my husband has 4 other kids that live with their mom and we have them maybe 2-3 times per month. They are picky and eat a lot of junk at home.(snack on chips, saimin noodles, hot dogs..anything that is easy to make. When they come to our house,they are not allowed to drink soda or have free reign of the cupboard and ice box..they know to ask first and when they come I try to have "healthy, but tasty food around. If I make Spaghetti, I use whole wheat noodles and they can't even tell. If we have garlic Bread I buy whole wheat and use light butter..they have no clue. then for dessert if we have it, we get non-fat frozen yogurt or they have a bunch of grapes with regular yogurt. Our philosphy at home is if you don't want to eat what is made for them, they will not be allowed to have anything else or snack later when they do get hungry. (they do like cheese (I buy 2%) and fruits. Eventually, they get hungry and ask if they can eat, too. (they might not have sauce or something but at least they are eating something healthy). (our problem is not that they are fat...they are all too skinny 3 boys one girl...9 to 15...all skinny...They eat a lot of nothing healthy. the 14 yr old girl was told by her dr that she needs to eat more fruit and veggies so she can begin her period. Both Childhood obesity and malnutrition are both very important. It's important to get kids 30 minutes of activity per day at least 5 days a week. and to have 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day..everyday. check out http://www.mypyramid.gov/ This is a really great website with activities for the kids too!

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I love this idea! I think it's great. I have an 11 year old that thinks the ultimate day is doing absolutely and I mean absolutely nothing but laying in bed. Makes me crazy. We hike and camp and she hates it and gripes the entire time, but she will do it.

Another problem is she will only eat "white" food. That is a huge struggle. Her 3 other sibs eat everything, but she won't. She will go without first.

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I am with you TG...

I think that the most difficult thing that I have had to deal with is trying to find things to do with my children...

I mean how can I help myself and not help my child???

That is why I am here...to get ALL the help I can...and to help motivate those in need... We can do this!!!

When you have come to the end of all that you know...
And it is time to step into the darkness of the unknown...
Faith is knowing that you will be given something solid to stand on....
Or taught to FLY !!!!!

"What YOU eat in private....is what YOU WEAR IN PUBLIC!!!

YOU can throw in the towel....or use it to wipe the SWEAT OFF YOUR FACE !!!! Just do the Dang Thang!!

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I currently have my overweight child in a dance class, but it only meets 1 day a week and it is only 30 minutes. Weather doesn't seem to cooperate with outdoor evening walks, lately.. emoticon

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Hello everyone...

Glad to see that we have so many people that are also concerned about controlling childhood obesity..

I thought that it may a good idea to set up a suggestion box...so we could discuss challenge options...and any ideas that you may have to help everyone along on t his journey...

So let's get chatting and throw around some ideas...

Remember..the only silly idea..is the unspoken one...WE ARE A TEAM!!!

When you have come to the end of all that you know...
And it is time to step into the darkness of the unknown...
Faith is knowing that you will be given something solid to stand on....
Or taught to FLY !!!!!

"What YOU eat in private....is what YOU WEAR IN PUBLIC!!!

YOU can throw in the towel....or use it to wipe the SWEAT OFF YOUR FACE !!!! Just do the Dang Thang!!

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