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Times. "We'll eat brown rice, not white.
Pop-Tarts used to be a regular thing,
but if I opened the box, I'd probably
finish it all. Keeping it out of the house
is the key."
But even Brown leaves room in his
healthy diet for the occasional indulgence.
"[I eat] carbs at the top of the day,
more vegetables than anything else,
lean protein and good fat, like avocado,
olive oil and DHA [a type of healthy
fatty acid]," he told People. "However,
Sunday brunch, anything goes."
Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, author
of Body Kindness: Transform Your
Health from the Inside Out-and Never
Say Diet Again, recommends making
time for family meals, too. She suggests aiming for seven family meals
a week-and being flexible with the
defi nition of family meal. It could
be one parent and one child or the
whole family.
"People get really busy," she says.
"Even if you grab something from the
grocery store or a restaurant and bring
it home and eat on plates, that can
count as a family meal."

Get Moving-
with the Kids

Brown says his abs don't come from
spending every waking hour at
the gym.
Instead, he says, they come from
flexibility-with his schedule.
"I try to get something in five days
a week," Brown told People. "My work
schedule doesn't always accommodate
my workout schedule, but I make do
with what time I've got."
Brown's workouts have quite a bit of
variety, too.
He said he tones his abs with a
workout based on P90X's Ab Ripper
X exercises.
"I love basketball because it's social,
and you're not even thinking about
working out-you're just playing a
game and getting great exercise at the
same time," he told People. "I also run,

HOW TO GET KIDS TO
EAT HEALTHFUL FOODS

Kids can be really picky about food. But there are simple strategies that can help get them on the healthy food team, says
Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, author of Body Kindness: Transform
Your Health from the Inside Out-and Never Say Diet Again.
Here are some tips:
3 INVOLVE THEM. Let kids help with meal prep and cooking with age-appropriate activities, from getting fruit from the
fridge to chopping veggies, so they feel invested in the meal.
3 ALWAYS ADD FRUIT OR VEGGIES. "Every family is going
to have a night where the kids want hot dogs and mac and
cheese," Scritchfield says. So, instead of feeling bad about it,
add a vegetable or fruit to round out the meal.
3 ACCOMMODATE REASONABLE PREFERENCES. Kids
have preferences-and that can be OK. Scritchfield says she has
one child who likes cold broccoli and another who likes it hot.
So she serves it both ways. "Without being a short-order cook,"
she says, there are creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies.

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swim, bike, lift, do yoga. I just try
to do something to sweat at least an
hour a day."
And Brown doesn't work out
alone. He told the Los Angeles Times
that he likes to take his son to exercise
with him.
"I'll push him just enough to
where he wants to come back and
do it again. We'll go to a park with a

one-third-mile track," he said. "I'll
say, 'OK, big boy, I'm going to give
you a 30-second head start. Then,
Daddy's going to go all out to try
to catch you.' And he takes off. He's
fast. Sometimes I catch him, sometimes I don't."
Either way, Brown says, his son learns
the importance of exercise.
"I try to expose him to fitness at an
early age-not just to sports-but what
it means to live a healthy lifestyle,"
Brown told the Los Angeles Times. "That
way, although he may not be able to
play sports the rest of his life ... he can
always take care of himself."
So, as Brown models a healthy lifestyle, his kids follow his example of
incorporating healthy habits into their
own lives.
You can do it, too. By taking care
of yourself-drinking plenty of water,
choosing healthful foods and working out-you can show your kids that
healthy habits are part of the family. ■
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