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Childhood Obesity And Increasing Daily Exercise

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • Sep 15, 2012
childhood obesity tips for families

Exercise is a key ingredient to helping overweight children lose weight.  Most children do not get enough exercise.  If your child has not been active then you may need to build up to daily active.  It is okay to start with some simple goals to increase activity a few times a week.

The USDA My Plate recommends that a child be physically active for at least one hour a day.  Learn more about exercise
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be limited to 2 hours or less of screen time.  Learn more about limiting screen time.

Increasing Your Child's Activity

Here are some keys to helping your child get active.  
  • Be a good example and show your child how much fun it is to be active.
  • Be sensitive to their preferences, not all children like sports. There are many other activities they can do, the key is for them to have fun!
  • Try to do something active as a family a few times a week.
  • Encourage your child to be active at least three times a week and then gradually build towards daily activity.
  • Walk with your child whenever possible to school, to the store, to the library, at the mall and around the block after dinner.
  • Teach your child to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Plan fun family activities that involve exercise, such as bicycling, dancing, hiking and swimming
  • Limit television, computer and video game time to an average of two hours or less per day.








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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on Sep 15, 2012Last updated on Oct 29, 2013




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