One in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If the trend continues, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is, with sound nutrition and opportunities for physical activity, kids thrive.
Observed on the last week of April each year, Every Kid Healthy is a campaign to ensure that every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn.
The benefits of regular exercise are numerous and include increased lean muscle and bone strength, decreased body fat, a healthy weight, and improved psychological well-being. Children should get a mix of structured and unstructured physical activity each day. Structured activities include sports, games and gym classes. Unstructured activity is the type your child gets throughout the day. Activity needs vary by age:
Children of all ages benefit from daily physical activity. Encourage and join your children in age-appropriate activities.
If you want to encourage your child to be active, be an active parent. Regular exercise can come from a number of activities including organized sports. The following suggestions can help you engage your family in more physical activity: