Suggest that parents try these activities at home with their children. Emphasize that the most important aspect of these activities is that families can enjoy them together.

TAKE NEIGHBORHOOD FITNESS WALKS. Hold hands while running and skipping down the sidewalk. Balance on low walls. Jump up and down low steps.

PLAY CATCH with soft foam balls, balloons, or yarn balls. Your child will be more eager to throw and catch if he doesn't have to worry about hurt fingers.

ASK YOUR CHILD TO HELP CARRY laundry and groceries to build strong muscles. Acknowledge those muscles with admiration.

LET YOUR CHILD VACUUM for a few minutes under your supervision, praising his helpfulness and strength.

ASK YOUR CHILD TO RETRIEVE OBJECTS that have rolled under furniture-the twisting and turning and effort to not bump his head builds coordination.

CONSTRUCT AN OBSTACLE COURSE TOGETHER made of chairs, pillows, and tables. Coordination is required to navigate it and you can gently increase the level of difficulty.

PLAY MUSIC OFTEN AND DANCE AROUND A BIT. Don't forget to sing, too! Singing and dancing are universal forms of play. Your child loves to see you play and doesn't care a bit if you are off-key or out of step.

PLAY SOME QUICK GAMES OF CHASE in a safe area. End with a hug when you catch your little bug!

MINIMIZE THE TIME THAT YOUR CHILD IS CONFINED IN A CAR SEAT. Walk or bike whenever possible.

OFFER AND ENJOY THE MOST NUTRITIOUS DIET you can provide. Emphasize how you love to see your child grow and develop strength.