• Health Awareness Series: September 2018 - Get your children moving!

    Date: 9/14/2018 06:12:03 PM

    Let’s move, jump, dance, go for a walk, take the stairs!

    There are so many fun ways for our children to get the exercise they need to stay healthy. Children and teens should exercise at least 5 days a week. It is best to start at 20 - 30 minutes each day. Add more time as the child gets used to it.

    Start slow, and grow.

    There are many reasons for children to exercise:

    • Bones and muscles get stronger.
    • Sleep is improved. Children and teens sleep better and get a better quality sleep
    • It keeps children from being overweight.
    • It reduces stress.
    • It improves how children and teens think and feel about themselves.
    • Mental focus gets sharper, which helps with learning and schoolwork.
    • It is a good way to develop social skills.

    Keeping your child active can be a challenge but if you follow some simple guidelines, the task may be easier:

    • Help your child choose activities that are right for his or her age.
    • Fit the exercise to your child’s personality. Some children might like to be on a sports team; others might like to play by themselves.
    • Make it easy for your child to be active. Go to parks, playgrounds or fields where they can play baseball, basketball or soccer, or just throw a Frisbee around.
    • Limit TV and computer time.
    • Be a role model. Make physical activity a family activity!
    • Make fitness fun.

    Making exercise fun and a part of your children’s lives at an early age is a great way to keep them healthy!

    To learn more, please visit:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/

    SOURCES:

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical activity”: www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/
    • Let’s Move, “Get Active”: www.letsmove.gov/get- active
    • KidsHealth, “Kids and Exercise”: www.kidshealth.org
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