Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign offers a recipe for healthy children: be active, have fun and eat well.

The First Lady urges kids to move every day, try new fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water.

Good health starts even earlier, says Dr. Sarah E. Bartlett of Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates in Fairfield and Liberty Township. She advises moms-to-be to be active and make smart food choices.

"Walking is the perfect exercise for most pregnant women," says Bartlett. "I encourage the habit of taking walks after dinner. And these should be vigorous enough to break a sweat and get the heart rate up.

"Pregnant women should not diet or count calories. I have some patients who track this with apps like MyFitnessPal, which holds them accountable for their exercise and eating choices."

Active women can maintain their fitness levels with modifications. It's not the time to train for a marathon, Bartlett adds.

Less active women can improve their fitness with mild to moderate cardio and weight workouts that can ward off problems including excessive weight gain.

Toni Schklar, manager and practitioner at St. Elizabeth Hospital's Holistic Health Center, says that engaging both partners advances their relationship and well being during pregnancy.

She advises expectant mothers to try a pregnancy massage.

"Pregnancy massages minimize swelling, lessen back pain, increase circulation, helping both mother and baby," says Schklar, "and partner massages are a great bonding experience, too."

Learning to give a baby a massage helps transition between caregivers, providing comfort and continuity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents fitness and nutrition information for toddlers to teens at www.healthychildren.org