Helping Children Stay a Healthy Weight—Got 5 Minutes?

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Here is an easy thing to do to help your child stay a healthy weight. Encourage your child to run, skip or hop for just five minutes several times a day. Remember when you were a kid and you ran because you felt like running. Or maybe you were a hopper, or a skipper. Skipping home from school or to a friend’s house to play. These fast, spontaneous bouts of physical activity can help fight childhood obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Same goes for you Mom and Dad. Challenge your child to a race up the driveway, or who can hop on one foot the longest, or hold a plank pose. Put on your favorite song and have a dance party in the kitchen before dinner.