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jill knappGuest blogger Jill Knapp from “Get up and Get Moving” has some wonderful tips to get your kids eating right and exercising to prevent obesity and other health risks. Jill is from Idaho, where she lost 100 pounds after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Today, she manages her diabetes with diet and exercise and without medication.

Childhood obesity is one of our nation’s leading health threats. Today about 25 million kids (ages 2-19) in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. That’s nearly one of every three kids. Overweight kids are more likely to become overweight adults.

You can’t lose by using this rule in your family life: Get in one hour or more of physical activity each day!  The wonderful news is that your kids’ 60 minutes of exercise does not need to happen at once. You just need to help them get active 10 or 15 minutes at a time, a few times a day.

Naturally, the best way to get your kids moving is to get up and go with them. You too can gain the health benefits from being active.

Here are a few ideas to help get your kids moving.

girl washing dishesChores and More:
Get your house in shape: Not only will they score points with you, but vacuuming, doing dishes or cleaning their bedrooms can also get your kids’ hearts pumping.

Get Out There
Go green! (Thumb, that is.) When it’s warm outside, gardening or mowing the lawn are wonderful forms of activity.

Get them Eating Right
What you keep healthy food in your pantry and refrigerator they will eat it. So fill them with healthy foods.  Cut up vegetables, fruit, and keep yogurt and string cheese on hand for other healthy snack choices.

It’s important to take the time to teach your kids about how important it is to eat right. Sending them to school with a healthy lunch is the way to go. If you choose to let them eat them at school, encourage them to grab from the veggie bar and to choose healthy drinks. Schools are getting better at serving healthier foods. It’s up to us as parents to teach our children to be active and eat right.

To really get your kids participating in their own health, have them make a pledge to become more active.   It just takes a few minutes, but the commitment they make to you and themselves will go a long way.

August 12th, 2009

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We all need a reminder now and then.


posted Aug 22nd, 2009 1:04 am

. Caroline

Rings true in my home at least. Teaching them at a young age makes a difference. Now having 3 older boys in my home I know if I did not teach them when they were young they would not choose to eat health.

There good habits of eating have even rubbed off on a few friends. MOM's really need to teach kids how to eat.

I love this post.

posted Aug 19th, 2009 10:56 am


love this

posted Aug 15th, 2009 6:16 pm


Childhood obesity can r3eally make trouble if not gotten under control. I have a 9 yr old son that has been doing well for about 6 months but its a constant struggle. I like these ideas and will use the mowing as an incentive for him to earn some extra money.

posted Aug 14th, 2009 9:36 pm


I found this on facebook. I like this post because it is back to the basics of teaching our kids to eat right and get active.

It's my life to try to get kids to move more.

posted Aug 12th, 2009 1:16 pm


I think I read the story about her losing 100 pounds back a while ago.
Great post. I love the go green. That is how our son's earn some extra cash is by mowing lawns. It's great exercise.

posted Aug 12th, 2009 10:00 am


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