Add Exercise to Your Family's Regular Routine
Play a sport or go for a walk

A regular exercise routine can help the whole family develop lifelong healthy habits and better health.

The Letsmove.gov website recommends:
• Scheduling an activity for a 30-minute block at least three times a week. Consider playing a sport, taking a family walk or doing household chores.
• Use a calendar to schedule and track your exercise and watch how your family progresses.
• Don't cancel exercise if something comes up. Be flexible and reschedule for a better time.
• Share your healthy routine with friends, and invite them to join.
• Get started with a simple dance party, hula-hooping, walking instead of driving, walking the dog, or with an activity such as a hike instead of eating dessert.

This article last updated April 6, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Childproof Your Home
To keep little ones safe

Taking a few precautions to childproof your home can help your curious little ones stay safe.

The University of Michigan Health System makes these suggestions:
• Make sure that all window blind cords are out of a child's reach.
• Make sure that your child never has access to plastic bags or coverings; use only modern baby gates to prevent serious injury.
• Make sure that children cannot become trapped inside refrigerators, freezers, dryers or other large appliances or devices.
• Guard against TV and furniture tipovers.
• Keep children away from home exercise equipment and reclining chairs.

This article last updated March 18, 2014. Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Shopping for Teens' Shoes
Consider fit and function

While you're shoe shopping with a teen, make sure you both understand the shoes' fit and function before making a purchase.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these tips:
• Shop for shoes that fit the activity your teen will be doing, be it basketball or ballet.
• Have feet measured at the store to make sure you get the right fit. Choose a shoe that fits comfortably, instead of focusing on brand or size.
• Skip backless shoes and opt for those that offer support at the front, sides and back, with a flexible ball of the sole and firm middle.
• Inspect midsoles and tread, and replace shoes when they show wear.

This article last updated March 31, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.