Okay, so two things, first one would be food type behaviors. I would suggest always having fresh fruits and vegetables available in the house. I think encouraging children that snack times are times to have fruits and vegetables, and other foods tend to be more for mealtime. I don't encourage families with children to have many of those sort of processed junk foods in the house because it becomes a bit of a battle of wills, so to speak. Also I think that one of the main habits that is good for a family with children is to have a sit-down, traditional dinner at the kitchen table - using cutlery. That's a good way to ensure that they're getting the right amount of vegetables. Basically, any child who's eating the required servings of fruits and vegetables every day is not going to have problem with obesity, because many children will not be able to eat the amount of other foods after they've eaten their vegetables in order to get overweight in the first place.
Then, probably my second aspect for behaviors would be around physical education and physical activity. So, I think it's really important that children are involved in both structured and unstructured activities, so often things like school sports or after school sports or weekend sports. But also to involve them in the family activities that are outside of the house.
So whether that's going for a hike, or going down the beach, even just playing a bit of cricket in the backyard, something that's getting them up and moving. So I think, a good balance between healthy food behaviors and healthy exercise behaviors and obviously having parents’ role modeling both of these is a great start.
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