Moms put kids on path to fitness

By Gary Brode |

Published 04/07 2014 01:45PM

Updated 04/07 2014 01:50PM

Update: 10:10 pm
NATIONAL -- Scientists say setting a good example for a child can go a long way. WCIA-3's Gary Brode finds out how it's working for one family in this week's Your Health.

"Anytime there's a role model in the home, it definitely sets a good example."

The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. Its study shows, when mothers made exercise a high priority, their child was more physically active as well.

"The more exposure the child has to activity, the greater their chances are of becoming active themselves."

Gary Crull reminds us, kids don't start school until the age of 5 or 6. That means no organized physical education until kindergarten, so taking kids to classes like this at the UI can go a long way.

"The earlier we can expose them to activity, the greater chance of them continuing that on throughout their life."

Obesity problems can start as early as 2-years old, so the earlier a child knows how to be health-conscious, the better. You may want your child to be active, but Crull says you shouldn't pressure your child to exercise.

"I think the main thing is to make it an enjoyable experience for the children that they enjoy being active and hopeful make it part of their daily routine."
Original: 5:47 pm
NATIONAL -- Scientists say setting a good example for a child can go a long way. Parents who make fitness a top priority tend to have more active children. The American Academy of Pediatrics studied 500 mothers and their 4-year olds.

Overall, there was a direct correlation to a mother's activity level and her child's. There must be more mothers exercising, because obesity rates are nearly half what they were a decade ago.

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