"For those looking to nudge their families in the right direction, implement a rule in your home of no eating while the TV is on. Or if that's too tough, then insist that only fruits and vegetables and water get consumed while viewing TV," she said. "You could also require that for every hour of TV viewed, each member of the family needs to engage in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise."
For more about a healthy diet, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
SOURCES: Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor, kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Frederick J. Zimmerman, Ph.D., assistant professor, Child Health Institute, University of Washington, Seattle; Kimberly M. Thompson, Sc.D., associate professor, risk analysis and decision science, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Jan. 30, 2009, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity