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Families Need to Make Sure Kids Stay at Healthy Weights

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The Lopez family has made big lifestyle changes in their house to get healthy.

"My daughters call me a drill sergeant. Unfortunately my house is known as the non-fun house because there are no sweets allowed in my house," says Jessenia Lopez.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is giving advice to families to help children maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.

"It's a reminder to physicians and to families that nutrition and lifestyle should be a discussion at every visit with your doctor," says pediatrician, Dyan Hes.

The recommendations say to limit sugary drinks and snacks and if you buy them for special occasions, purchase them just before the event and toss them right after. Also, wrap high calorie foods in foil, not plastic wrap and put them in the back of the pantry or refrigerator to make them less visible.

"If you have apples in the front, and baby carrots in the front, and yogurts, they will eat that," adds Dr. Hes.

Families should also get more active together. 60 minutes a day is recommended.

16-year-old Alyza Lopez is working hard to get healthy. "I felt that I was bigger than most kids so I wanted to change it. So I started eating healthier, and going to the gym with mom, and she's really helped me."

She says it's become easier to lose weight and she's happier.

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