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WebMD FIT: Your Tool to Raising Healthy Kids

Written on September 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm , by

A screenshot of the FIT Teens dashboard. (Photo courtesy of WebMD)

It’s not surprising that with parenthood come a lot of inevitable awkward conversations with your kids. But what might surprise you is in a recent study of parents ran by WebMD and Sanford Health, one in five parents admitted never talking about healthy weight with their kids, claiming the topic was the most uncomfortable above alcohol, drugs, and even sex.

What’s even more alarming is that childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years, making this topic more important now than ever. More than 17 percent of kids between the ages of 2 to 18 years old are obese, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and with obesity rates rising in adults as well; it’s getting increasingly difficult to turn this scary stat around.

That’s where WebMD comes in. To help with those awkward conversations (or conversations that aren’t happening at all), the site has launched FIT – a guide to expand on the four pillars of health, including emotional fitness (Mood), nutrition (Food), physical activity (Move), and restorative fitness (Recharge). Through interactive tools, games, and articles, the site explains not only how to make simple changes that can improve your health but why it actually matters.

Click below to learn more about WebMD FIT.

FIT is broken down into three sections, FIT Junior (ages 2-7), FIT Kids (ages 8-12), and FIT Teens (ages 13-19) so that all material is presented in a way that matches the interests and needs of every age group.  We got a sneak peek at the site when it launched and enjoyed fun tools like the sleep tracker (a digital clock that tells you what time you would need to wake up to get 8.5 hours of sleep), and the points tracker, giving you points for every healthy activity you complete on the site, including timed exercises like crunches and jumping jacks, nutrition IQ quizzes, and more. Check it out for yourself at fit.webmd.com.

Now tell us: Have you ever talked about maintaining a healthy weight with your kids?