Are you a healthy parent? Part Two: Way of Life. Be a role model.

This is a timely topic -- maybe because First Lady Michelle Obama has made it so. How can we be more healthy as families? It must start with us -- the parents.

In our first post, we cited some interesting statistics/anecdotes about healthy living.

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Active parents equal healthy kids

Ugh. More bad news on the kid front.

A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates that once kids hit the teen years, physical activity drops significantly. Specifically the study suggests that less than a third of teens get even the minimum recommended daily amount of exercise -- ONE HOUR. And walking, playing, swimming, bicycle riding, all count. We're not talking about hardcore training.

Why is this significant?

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Leading the young to fitness

This past Wednesday?s Journal of the American Medical Association reported that approximately one third of US teens could not pass a treadmill fitness test. The study suggests that this population may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life.

There are loads of studies demonstrating the benefits of physical activity?from stronger cardiovascular health to improved mental well-being.

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