Surprisingly, only one in three children are physically active every day! Having kids be active through play promotes healthier bodies and helps the brain grow.
Children can spend up to 7 hours in front of a screen (TV, mobile phone, tablet). For each of those hours, kids are more likely to eat junk foods and sugary drinks. Too much of these foods, drinks, and little physical activity can lead to Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Parents can help avoid diabetes and obesity in their kids by simply being a role model.
- Limit screen time to 1-2 hours per day for everyone at home
- Create screen-free zones in the house such as kids’ bedrooms and the dinner table
- Play fun games at home or outside!
Check out these suggestions for family fun.
Once you have a plan in place for how to be more active, help your kids keep track of how much they are moving each day.
Here are a few fun activities to get you started.