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  • There’s an inverse link between the amount of time kids spend watching TV and the amount of time they exercise,” says William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the division of nutrition and physical activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lack of exercise and poor diet can lead to diabetes and other chronic ailments.
  • Kids need aerobic activity that involves steady movement, says Howard Taras, M.D., professor of school health and community pediatrics at the University of California in San Diego. “Just because a child is busy doesn’t mean he or she is getting enough aerobic exercise,” says Dr. Taras. He suggests that you:
  • Keep kids away from TV or computer games until they’ve exercised.
  • Set times for homework and reading, hanging out and physical activity.
  • Find well-run community fitness programs for your children.\n

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