1EAT WELL.

Make family meals a priority; be a good role model and stock your kitchen with healthy options. Cook meals together. It's a great way to bond with your child, share family traditions and practice math and reading.

2GET MOVING.

Put down that remote and get off the couch. Parents need to exercise, not only for their own well-being but also to show the kids it's important.

3HAVE FAMILY MEALS.

While I agree it's tough juggling career, family and social obligations, try to have at least one sit-down meal as a family every week. Once a day's even better.

4INVOLVE THE KIDS.

Let your children participate in meal planning and grocery shopping. This helps them learn how to plan, prepare, organize and budget.

5TAKE SMALL STEPS.

Focus the entire family on making gradual changes in their eating and exercise habits. Small, sustainable changes establish habits that can last a lifetime.