Parents have a lot of responsibilities to their children. They have to provide food, shelter, clothing and love. In addition, they have to teach manners, how to tie shoes and how to use the potty. While parents do have a lot on their plates, they can’t forget the importance of teaching their kids health and fitness.It’s very important that children learn at a young age about healthy eating and exercise. If they learn to love fruits and vegetables and enjoy being active as children, it will really help them the rest of their lives.It can be easy for parents to get caught up in other things that they don’t think about health and fitness. With work, errands, cooking, cleaning and just taking care of a child’s need, it can seem that there is no time to devote to exercise or think about what kids are eating. After all, it’s quicker to give your kids a processed snack or pick up fast food than it is to prepare a healthy snack or lunch.Parents can use many excuses for not doing the right things. They’re too busy, too tired, or they just don’t know what to do or how to change. You can always find an excuse for not doing something. At some point, you just have to come to the realization that it’s important and you have to find a way to make it happen.Childhood obesity is a major problem and it’s because too many parents make excuses. They don’t take responsibility for their child’s health. The easy route is to let your kids watch as much TV as they want. But the best thing for them is to make them turn of the TV and do something active. The same is often true for food.First, parents should start educating themselves about health and fitness. Purchase more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds and stop buying a lot of processed snacks. Take 30 minutes out of your day to participate in some fun kids exercises with your children. If you do it with them, they are more likely to join in.Teaching your kids about health and fitness is a conscious choice. It takes effort, but in the end it is well worth it. Show your kids that being healthy will help them feel better and live a long, happy life. As a parent, that is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.