Fitness Expert David Kirsch on How to Raise a Healthy Family (His Advice is Jennifer Lopez-Approved!)

12/16/2015 at 10:10 AM ET

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If your 2016 New Years resolution is to get healthy, why not make your whole family part of the effort?

In his new book, Ultimate Family Wellness, fitness expert, nutrition advocate and wellness guru David Kirsch explains how to ensure a healthy lifestyle for parents and children alike.

“As parents, we have a responsibility to teach our family and our children everything they need to know about good health and eating and movement, and just an everyday healthy life,” Kirsch tells PEOPLE.

A father to 6-year-old twin girls himself, Kirsch has worked to find organic ways to include fitness and healthy eating in his children’s lives.

“Whether it’s having dance parties or doing yoga or cooking together, I infuse that into everyday life so it becomes a ritual,” he says. “I’m not advocating children going to the gym – it’s about the simple joy of movement.”

And it’s not just about encouraging your children to be physically active – it’s about participating with them.

“Move with them, be active with them – whether it’s swimming or scooting or bicycling or playing soccer,” says Kirsch. “Engage your child.”

Kirsch also recommends eating healthily in front of your children, and making time for family dinners.

“You have to live that life,” he says. “If they see it, then that’s what they know. Consistency is the most important thing.”

Kirsch has dispensed his family health advice to many of his famous clients, including Jennifer Lopez, who is such a fan that she wrote the foreword to his latest book.

“She embraced the concept of the book because my message resonated with her,” says Kirsch. “We’re both busy, but you find time to connect and engage with your children. You find time to sit down and have a proper meal with your children. These are things you establish early on. And these are very healthy lessons.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Deidre on

Its best to start your kids young on the road to good health. It will also help them love themselves later on in life.

lucy on

Staying away from the Kardashians would be a start. so disappointed. no longer a jlo fan