Every Kid Healthy Awareness Week April 23-27
Provided by: www.mayoclinic.org & www.cdc.gov
Healthy Kids = Better Education
Did you know that teens who receive mostly A’s are almost twice as likely to get the CDC recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity than teens who receive mostly D’s and F’s? Kids who perform better in school are more likely to be physically active on a regular basis. Adding physical activity to the school day can not only keep kids healthy, but also increase attention, behavior and positive attitudes leading to improved academic performance.
How can you help your kids get their daily 60 minutes? Encourage the physical activities they currently take part in, suggest new physical activities with a social component and set a good example by being physically active yourself!
Healthy Kids = Healthy Adults
Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the eating and exercise habits of your entire family.
Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services say that children age 6 and older need at least an hour a day of physical activity. Most of the hour should be either moderate or vigorous aerobic activity. In addition, children should participate in muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities at least three days a week. Many common school-age activities — such as playing on playground equipment and jumping rope — cover all the bases at once. Organized sports such as baseball or soccer are a great way to stay fit too. But team sports or dance classes aren’t the only options. Get creative as you search for activities your child enjoys. If your child is artistically inclined, consider a nature hike to collect leaves and rocks for use in a collage. If your child likes to climb, head for the nearest jungle gym or climbing wall. If your child loves reading, walk or bike to a local library for a book. Or, simply turn on your child’s favorite music and dance in the living room.
Exercise with your child to better your own health while helping your child develop sound exercise habits. You are a role model as a parent, and your child is more likely to be physically active if you make physical activity a family priority.