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National poll shows parents are very worried about kids inactivity

Posted on Sep 07, 2012 by Maggie LaBarbera

Are your kids active enough?  Are you concerned about your child not getting enough exercise each day?

Well, according to the annual University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll, you are not alone.  

  • 39% of parents listed "not getting enough exercise as a "big problem"
  • 38% listed childhood obesity as a huge concern
  • This super-ceded concerns for smoking (34%) and drug abuse (33%)
  • Bullying was also a major concern at (29%)

There are many ways to get kids more active and it often starts with family activities.

  • Start with the morning:  get the kids up and try walking to school.  Or parking your car a little further away so you can add more walking
  • Get the family pedometers and make it a family contest.  The goal is 10,000 steps a day.  Use our free printable family contract and tracking sheet.
  • Get the kids involved in some afterschool activity that is designed to increase movement.  Pick it with your child so they will be interested.  There are many activities that are non sport related.
  • Even a trip to the park!
  • After dinner have a family bike ride or walk.
  • Household chores burn calories so have the children help as appropriate inside and outside the house.

CS Mott National Children's Hospital national poll for parents

CS Mott National Children's Hospital national poll concerns about children

More Resources to get kids more active


Parents Guide To Becoming An Active Family


Staying Active - Back To School Tips To Keep Kids Moving

Being Active is Fun' Healthy Goal - Printable Agreement


Printable - Write In Daily Activity Tracking sheet - Move It Minutes

Count Your Steps Walking Chart - Printable Tracking Sheet

Limiting TV Time Chart for Kids - Printable Tracking Sheet







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