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Don’t freeze out family winter activity.Are your kids getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says young people ages 6 to 17 need 60 minutes of activity daily.
An hour can seem like a lot of time for today’s busy kids. And dark evenings and cold winters may also discourage kids from being active.
But it’s well worth it get moving. Physical activity helps kids develop healthy muscles and bones. It also reduces their risk of developing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Active kids have lower blood pressure and healthier cholesterol levels, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
And, fitter kids tend to have higher grade point averages, according to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Other research shows that regular physical activity may be linked with better classroom behavior and improved thinking skills.
Parents play a key role in helping kids stay active. Kids are more likely to be active if they have the support of their families. Try these strategies to keep your kids moving this winter.
Family FunMake moving more a goal for your entire family. Try these ideas.
Choosing the Right ActivitiesYour kids will be more likely to do an activity if they like it. Consider these ideas:
Keep MovingIf your kids don’t have a 60-minute block of time for exercise each day, don’t worry. They don’t have to do it all at once. Try these ideas to sneak in smaller bites of physical activity into your kids’ days.
Don’t let busy school days and cold weather keep your family from being active. With a little creativity, you’ll find plenty of ways to stay fit this season.
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