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Local fitness expert says parent participation is key to kids' healthy habits.


January is usually a month filled with fitness goals and aspirations and have you noticed the new growing trend of parents and kids teaming up to get healthy?

NBC's the Biggest Loser, with airs on Sunday and Monday nights is just one example.

Tiffaney Rains, the creator of Mirror Image - a new parent/child program - says that when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle it all really starts at home.

This trend is starting to pick up steam across the nation as more and more workout programs are featuring family participation.

Rains says the partnership between parent and child is especially beneficial for the kids.

"The girls see their moms and they model themselves a lot of times after what they see their moms doing and saying," said Rains.

Rains says it's important parents set an example for their son or daughter and help their child follow that example.

But you don't have to sit back and watch it from your couch. NuFit for You in Quincy is staring a new program next month.

The Mirror Image Project partners up parents and kids to get healthy together.

Angie Asmann is one mom who will be participating with her 9-year-old daughter.

"I definitely think that as we look at the trends in childhood obesity, we have to look at where it starts and it starts at home," said Asmann.

Rains says obesity isn't the only thing that starts at home. Kids also learn positive habits like exercise and eating healthy from parents.

The name is kind of fitting since, as Rains says, the children often "mirror" what the parent is doing.

This first session is already full, but Rains is looking at holding more programs like this in the near future. You can call NuFIT if you're interested.

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