You've seen the scary numbers: Childhood obesity has doubled—and as a result, type 2 diabetes among kids is growing by equally epidemic proportions. (High blood pressure and early signs of heart disease are on the rise, too.)
You already know that getting kids physically active is a big part of the solution. So, what's the easiest way to pry your kid from the tube and get him outside for some activity? "Walking," says Robert Neeves, Ph.D., professor of health and exercise sciences at the University of Delaware and co-author of Walking for Little Children. "It's a great physical activity; it's natural and doesn't require any special clothing, equipment or facilities."