A high-speed train in 1960 zipped along at 100 mph; today the speeds are twice that.
Locomotion has gotten faster with every generation, but we can't say the same about our kids. According to an Australian study that looked at 20 million children worldwide, it takes kids ages 9-17 one and a half minutes longer to run a mile than it took their parents back when they were that age. That's because kids are so much less active and more likely to be overweight.
So here are four smart ways to get kids back up to speed so they'll have a healthy body, a powerful brain and a happy outlook:
1. Size down the dish. To keep your child from overeating (30 percent of kids are overweight or obese), cut the bowl or plate size in half. Kids will naturally - you don't have to say a word - eat half as much.
2. Add protein to breakfast. Protein gives kids (and adults) energy all day. Kids 9-14 need about 34 grams of protein daily. For breakfast, aim for 10-15 grams - or 1 cup cooked oatmeal, 1/4 cup nonfat yogurt, 1 ounce of turkey bacon.
3. Limit screen time. Strive for two hours a day, max. And keep TV and Internet out of kids' bedrooms.
4. Get kids playing. They need to be moving for a minimum of 60 minutes daily. And adults should get out there and do it with them.
If that doesn't work, threaten to wake them up every morning with the phrase, "Why, when I was your age ..." That'll get them moving.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.