Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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5 tips for healthier kids

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1 COOK TOGETHER

Bond with your children by sharing and upgrading old family recipes. It's also a fun way to practice math and reading. Works for any age group.

2 MOVE IT, MOVE IT!

Be sure you and the kids get plenty of daily exercise. It doesn't have to be complicated - take the stairs, go for a walk, bike, dance in the living room. It's all good.

3 GROW A VEGGIE GARDEN

Last year, I grew my first potted vegetable garden, with impressive results. I recommend that everybody give it a try. Your children will get a real kick out of eating vegetables they grew, and you'll save a few dollars, too.

4 SHUT OFF THE TV

Instead of spending endless hours watching the latest reality train wreck, or gaming on the computer, read stories aloud to each other. Yeah, that's really old-school, but it's one of the simplest and richest ways to bond with your children and show them how much you love and value learning.

 

5 MAKE A PLAY DATE

Designate a weekly "Family Game Night" for another simple, fun way to bond that will also pump your children's "brain muscles."

Kimberly Garrison Daily News Personal Fitness Columnist
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