A balanced diet and running around in the fresh air are vital for the healthy development of children. Both are necessary from the beginning. Sitting down at the family table and eating a meal together is important for families. It helps children develop a sense of community and well-being. Playing and running around outdoors is equally important for their health. If you support your child’s natural urge for moving and exercising, it will learn to feel happy within its body and grow up to be confident and strong. Running around and playing also helps children do better in school. Sometimes, adolescent rebellion against parents involves food and exercise: Teenagers assert themselves by eating too much or refusing food, by doing too much or no sport at all. At the same time, adolescents imitate their peer group or famous idols. Health, beauty, fitness and power are important issues for them. Talk to your child about them, and about what a healthy lifestyle means.