Kids Eat Right Month – Get Moving

running children

On this last week of August and the last subject to discuss about the Kids Eat Right Program is “Get Moving with Exercise”.  Too often I have heard from parents that their child does not like to play outside and they rather watch television or play on the computer.  The most important thing that a parent must do is to encourage their child to get up and start moving.  Lack of exercise is one of the main causes of childhood obesity and chronic diseases.  Having the whole family (that means you too Moms and Dads) exercising together will make a tremendous difference with family and future generation in living a healthy life.

Support Your Kids’ Exercise Activities:

Start being a role model for your kids by present physical activity as an important time to take care of your body and health, rather than a chore. Work out with your children by finding activities you enjoy and be active for at least 30 minutes five days a week. Remember, that adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and children need 60 minutes. Make sure you ask your child which exercise activities they would like to do.   Also, praise, reward and encourage your kids’ physical activity with activity related equipment, games or outings.

Some exercises activity ideas are:

Go to the nearest park, swing set or jungle gym after school.

Start jumping rope with your kids or organize a neighborhood jump rope group.

When bad weather strikes, play active indoor games such a DVD and VHS exercise or dance videos and/or exercise or dance video games.

Organize your family room or living room for more exercise activity. Try kid’s yoga or dancing to music after dinner time.

Make sure you have time during the weekend for half a day of family activity each weekend, such as a family walk, bike ride, shoot hops, jump rope or tennis match.

Encourage your kids to participate in active chores such as light housework, raking leaves, sweeping the walks or cleaning the garage. Make sure you make those the chores fun to do by turning on the radio in the garage and do the chores with them.
Limit the extracurricular time your kids spend in front of a computer or TV to less than two hours daily.
Keep the television in the living room and not in  your kids’ bedrooms. This will help decrease how much television that they would watch and it also help to control what they watch.

I hope you enjoyed this first annual Kids Eat Right Month.  If you feel that you received great information this month about the Kids Eat Right program you can always read other exciting postings by clicking this link below –  www.eatright.org/kids/

So start your kids to eat and live healthy today!

Exercising with the family

 

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