Know their BMI
         Find out your child's Body Mass Index. That's the number that measures height against weight and lets you know if your youngster is at a healthy weight. You can use the parent-friendly online tool at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx, or ask your pediatrician to figure it out at your child's next visit.


    obstacle course

    No obstacle
         For some fun exercise, help your youngster build an obstacle course. Use empty cereal boxes to scoot around, a table to crawl under, a large cardboard box to wiggle through, and a pile of pillows to dive into. The key? Create obstacles for your child to go over, under, through, and around.
    Single servings
         Keep portable snacks handy - and hold your food budget down - by buying items in bulk and making your own single-serve bags. Check portion sizes on nutrition labels of cereal, baked crackers, or nuts, and fill zipper bags with one serving each. Then, your child can grab a nutritious snack quickly.


    Just for fun
    Q: What did the teddy bear say when he was offered dessert?
    A: No, thanks. I'm stuffed!