Hudson Valley Parent

October 2013

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EASY TIPS (Continued from Page 18) Include a surprise Kids love surprises, such as favorite photos, stickers or a remindevent. A er about an upcoming event. A lunch box surprise can make your special. child's day extra special.  Busy parents may not have the time to pack lunch each day. But programs like Wholesome Tummies are providing schools with affordable, healthy, kid-friendly lunches. More information can be found at But nutrition is only half the equation. As screen time competes for kids' attention, active time is decreasing. And exercise is crucial to preventing obesity, improving motor skills and providing a social outlet. 20 Hudson Valley Parent n n October 2013 Unfortunately, not all kids are receptive. "One of the biggest challenges is getting shy kids to participate," says Jyl Camhi, co-founder of Great Play, a children's gym franchise that uses interactive technology and a progressive curriculum based on motor-skill development. Camhi offers tips to coax a child forward in a group fitness scenario: Allow spectating The first time in a new environment can be emotionally draining. Stay for an entire class and return the next time. Never force participation Be a source of comfort for your child while he or she sits on the sidelines. Your child will feed off your energy. Look for peer leaders Outgoing children are often thrilled to help another child feel more comfortable. Sometimes leaving helps Oftentimes kids behave better when they don't have a parental crutch to lean on. Get to know the coach Whether it's classes, sports or school, the leader can make or experience. break the experience.  Does the comfortable? coach make kids comfortable?  Look for telltale signs and find a coach that works well with your child. There are some trends not worth following — and an unhealthy lifestyle is one of them. With the right tools and tricks, you can be a positive influence on your kids' health. Article provided by

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