So as school starts, health officials are suggesting ways to make sure your child has a healthy school year.
During the summer many kids get out and play, but as classes begin, they tend to sit more. Fitness experts recommend you make sure to let your children play at least thirty minutes to an hour after they get home from school. And that doesn't mean in front of a TV. That means getting out and moving.
Pack a healthy lunch. And if your kids buy lunch, stress the importance of eating a balanced meal, which most schools now provide. Donuts and soda are not lunch.
Take your child for a physical. Know their body mass index, which indicates if they are overweight. If they're participating in a sport, make sure they get the ok from their doctor that they're healthy enough to participate.
And wherever possible, have your children walk to school and other activities. Studies show kids, who walk, are leaner and fitter than those who take the bus or are driven everywhere.