According to the latest study published by the National Institutes of Health, children between the ages of 9 and 15 were not getting the recommended amount of daily activity. According to the the new MyPyramid guidelines, children need at least one hour of activity every day. According to this study, one of the largest and most comprehensive studies done, the activity level dropped sharply for children in this age range.
How can we instill the value of exercise in our children at a young age. That is the question. Trying to find an activity or sport that your child really enjoys and can continue into adult is the challenge. Reinforcing the message that daily exercise is so important and needs to be part of a daily routine.
I know for me, it was different with each child. And not easy because I was a working mom. Try different activities to give them a chance to see what they may enjoy. I say activities because not all children like or want to do sports. Whenever possible, family outings can be a great way to promote activity, build family memories and reinforce the importance of daily activities.
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