(WMAR) - The warm-ups and practices have already begun. They're not in the classroom yet, but our kids are on the field or in the gym getting ready for fall sports.
"One of the easiest ways to get your kids to be fit is organized team sports or team activities."
Mia Redrick the Mom Strategist says after the lazy hazy days of summer it's time for them to get moving.
"Some schools, some high schools do have gyms that kids can have access to, but if not, even your own gym if your 16 years old or older than you can drop your kids off at the gym alone."
"My daughter loves to go to my gym, but she doesn't want to be in a spin class with her mom. She prefers to be there on her own and I think a lot of teenagers are that way."
After that motivation, Redrick says it's important that we as parents help our kids make healthy eating choices.
"Engage them in the grocery shopping process by asking them what healthy items would you like to buy for your lunch or that you want to see inside the home. What it does is gets your child thinking about the healthy things that they enjoy consuming."
With the obesity epidemic being such a huge issue with our children, Redrick says there are small things we can do to better prepare them for healthier living in the coming year and down the road.
"The impact of your kids not being fit is really difficult. I think sometimes parents don't think about it when a child is not fit and they're not able to make a certain team that they wanted to make because they didn't build the practice of one consuming healthy foods and two exercising."