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doi: 10.1097/01.HEARTI.0000418023.57730.0d
Departments: On My Mind

Motivating Kids to Get Healthy

Section Editor(s): Grady, Kathleen L. Ph.D., A.P.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N.; Editorial Board Chair, HEART INSIGHT

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Turn on the news during any given week and you'll see stories of the so-called “obesity crisis” in the United States—especially among children. Statistics show that among children ages 2 to 19, one out of every three of them is overweight or obese. Getting kids interested in healthy eating and physical activity isn't easy these days, with fast food and sedentary activities like video games or watching TV playing such a large role in their lives. So what can we do to help our kids get healthy?

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Our cover subject, WNBA player Tamika Catchings, is a member of the NBA/WNBA FIT team, a fantastic program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families. Basketball players participate in games with kids around the country and get them excited about health and fitness. Read all about how Tamika and other sports stars are motivating kids to get healthy—and how you can help your own kids do the same—on page 6.

Being a caregiver to a loved one with health problems changes the lives of everyone involved. In “When Grandpa Moves In” (page 10), we take a look at the many challenges that a family faces when a loved one moves in and how to keep family harmony during this period of change.

If you or a loved one has had a stroke, you'll definitely want to read “Loosening the Grip of Post-Stroke Spasticity” (page 17), which provides information on dealing with this debilitating side effect of stroke. There are things you can do to ease the pain, and we tell you how to find the information you need.

“Life's Simple 7” (page 13) provides information on modest lifestyle and behavioral changes that can lead you to a lifetime of good health. In this issue, you'll find information on how smoking contributes to atherosclerosis; how to get moving and increase your physical activity; helping overweight kids adopt healthy habits; checking blood glucose after meals; and what “low fat” and “low sugar” on food labels really mean.

Don't forget to visit us at, where you can read even more on helping kids get healthy with our online-only article, “Training a New Generation about Health and Fitness.”

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Editorial Board Chair, HEART INSIGHT

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