American Dietetic Association, "Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids": Nutrition and activity guide for parents. Includes a "healthy habits" assessment and suggestions for setting goals, mealtime practices, eating healthfully, eating out, and physical activity.
Be Active Kids (parents' area): Ideas for helping preschool children eat healthier foods and be more active. Sponsored in part by Be Active North Carolina, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing physical activity and healthy lifestyle among North Carolinians.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Overweight and Obesity Resources": Links to general information about weight, health, and weight loss; education and research materials; and childhood obesity tools and programs.
Move More North Carolina: Statewide movement promoting healthy eating and
increased physical activity; has programs and resources for every type of
Fitness for Kids Who Don't Like Sports: Ideas for encouraging fitness in children who are not interested in traditional team sports.
National Institutes of Health, "We Can! A Parent Handbook": Instructions for downloading or ordering, free of charge, a basic, introductory pamphlet about helping your family eat well and become more physically active.
Powerful Bones (parents' companion site): Information on how to help girls initiate bone-healthy habits, eating calcium-rich foods and engaging in consistent physical activity. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President's Challenge, Active Lifestyle Program: Earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by engaging in physical activity 30 minutes a day (for adults) or 60 minutes a day (for youths under 18) at least 5 days per week, for a total of 6 weeks. Track your activities on line or on downloadable forms and submit to receive an award!
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: Download free publications on exercise and fitness. Especially helpful: Fitness Fundamentals, Get Fit! (for youth 6-17), Kids in Action (for youth 5 and under), Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide, Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity, and Walking Works.
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