Child fitness: Sneaky strategies aim to get kids moving

Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:24am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) Is your rug rat becoming a sofa spud?

To get that texting, tweeting, gaming child up and exercising, a new book suggests parents try sneaking fitness into the day-to-day routine.

"A sneaky fit kid can burn an extra 400 calories per day," said Missy Chase Lapine, who co-authored "Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways to Slip Fitness into Your Child's Everyday Life." with personal trainer Larysa DiDio.

"This whole (childhood) obesity epidemic can be obliterated by the sneaky fitness method," she added.

Her book contains over 100 toddler-to-tween-targeted strategies, games and tips for exercising children. "Sneaky Fitness" is the fourth book in a series that sets forth what Lapine labels the sneaky lifestyle.

The best-selling "Sneaky Chef" cookbooks aimed to sneak good food into kids' diets with recipes such as spinach-laced brownies and cookies with wheat germ folded in.

"Eating healthy is only half the battle. You really have to move more. Our kids today are really living a very sedentary lifestyle," she said.

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 17 percent of children are obese, three times as many as 30 years ago.   Continued...

<p>Children exercise during a weight-losing summer camp in Shenyang, Liaoning province, August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Sheng Li</p>