About 5 weeks before school starts, parents take their children to the doctor—and the news may not be good.   

Your healthcare provider may tell you that your child is overweight or obese. In some cases, medication may be recommended.   

But prevention, one of the main precepts of organic living, is the best way to avoid problems.   

Here are 5 tips from Therese Pasqualoni, PhD, a behavioral therapist, public health specialist and founder of Strike It Healthy Weight and Health Management Systems:   

  1. Have your child choose a breakfast with 4 grams of fiber.
  2. Have your child choose 2 servings of fruit a day.
  3. Have your child find a bread he or she likes with 2 grams of fiber.
  4. Create a nutritional daily schedule that includes at least one—but aim for two—sit-down meals.
  5. Take a walk with your child, and increase it a little farther every 3 days.  

“Though it may be challenging at first, these five tips are a great start in the right direction,” Dr. Pasqualoni says, “and every day becomes easier and easier to protect you and your child’s health for decades to come.”