Make Fitness Fun for the Whole Family

March 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Want to encourage healthy weight for your whole family to prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke, all while having fun? Get outside and be active!

Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day to achieve a healthy weight and prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer and stroke. This might seem like a lot of time, but it all adds up.

Being active and playing with your kids can be easy:

  • Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.
  • Take a walk after a family meal.
  • Instead of catching a movie or watching TV, pick an activity that requires movement such as laser tag, bowling or miniature golf.
  • Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, hula hoops and jump ropes.
  • Limit TV time and keep the TV out of your child’s bedroom.
  • Plant a garden. Kids love to water plants, and they’ll get excited weeks later when they see their flowers bloom or vegetables grow.

Source: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Entry filed under: Exercise, Managing your health, To Your Health.

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