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Want healthy kids? Be a healthy dad

Author John Thompson
Submitted 16-12-2010

Living a healthy lifestyle requires more than just eating right and going for a run every now and then. Dads who engage in healthy habits will likely pass their practices down to their kids and in turn, have healthy and happy offspring. There are a few things in particular that fathers should do when they're hoping to set a good example, Men's Health reports.

Childhood obesity is a serious concern, so dads should be sure to focus on their children's diets. However, it's important to create positive associations with food. Experts suggest offering a wide variety of healthy fare rather than forbidding junk food. The process of selecting colorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables will impart healthy choices later on.

Additionally, dads should be sure to let their actions speak louder than words. Encouraging activities while lounging on the couch will not convey the right message. Going outside with one's kids will help them stay healthy while also strengthening father-child relationships.

Sleep is perhaps the most crucial aspect of a child's well-being between the ages of 3 and 12, and experts suggest that instilling regular sleep habits in children is among the most important things a parent can do. Turning off the TV when the kids are in bed and following a regular sleep schedule will encourage kids to do the same.