1Make sure the breakfast and lunch programs at your child's school offer plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables - and not cheap filler foods, like pretzels, bagels and pasta.

2Make sure that your child's school has a comprehensive exercise and wellness program, and that physical education is taken seriously. Does the physical-education teacher have fitness goals for your child? Are lessons on healthy lifestyles part of the curriculum?

3Make sure your child's school has a well-rounded health curriculum that includes teaching self-responsibility.

4Avoid the family fast-food trap; make meals and eat together. Cooking healthy meals together offers another opportunity for parents and children to bond.

5Make fitness a family affair, too. Exercise together or take a stroll together at least one hour every week.