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did you know HAC is a great place to be active with your kids, as seen here as mommies and their minis dance during HAC’s Noon Years Eve celebration! Active Parents, Active Kids By Dr. Judith Feick, Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Pike Creek Take weekly bike rides with your second-grader or go on daily walks with your teen and, chances are, the drive to exercise just might start to kick in. A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University found that kids tend to copy their parents’ unhealthy habits, so your example might have more of an effect than you think. Although some issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can be genetic, they are also affected by lifestyle. The study found that children are significantly more likely to be at risk for these health problems and cardiovascular disease if their caregiver has these risk factors as well. From infancy through adolescence, you can help your child stay active when you: Get lost with your kiddos in the maze, or splash with them in the leisure pool! • are active yourself — show your youngster the importance of regular exercise by making it a welcome part of your family’s daily routine • limit screen time (TV, computer, video games and cell phones) — none for kids under 2 and no more than 1-2 hours of quality program ming and content for tots 2 and up • make it fun — instead of forcing certain activities, figure out what keeps your kid moving and what he or she loves to do HOW TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY HABITS AT ALL AGES Infants need help nurturing their budding skills as they grow. You can help by: • allowing plenty of supervised “tummy time” while awake • helping them learn how to roll over by gently guiding them back and forth • encouraging them to reach (and later, crawl) by placing enticing toys slightly out of reach • teaching action songs, like “Pat-A-Cake,” “This Little Piggy,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Pop Goes the Weasel” • holding their little hands gently as they learn to walk, while resisting the urge to jump in at times when shaky beginner walkers take a tumble. Let them learn how to push up, using the palms of their hands, to stand on their own. • not keeping your baby in things that restrict their movement too often, like strollers, bouncy seats, swings, and car seats enhance magazine | MAY 2016 3