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Get Physical

Active play and a focus on physical fitness can help fight the growing problem of childhood obesity. Staying active as a family helps children understand the benefits of physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some useful and easy suggestions:

  • Set a positive example by making physical fitness part of your usual routine.
  • Provide children with active toys and equipment and be willing to play with them.
  • Encourage and support physical activities that your children express interest in—from team and individual sports to recreational activities, like running and biking.
  • Take appropriate safeguards for your child’s activities—be sure they use helmets, wrist pads, kneepads, etc.
  • Make more time for physical activity by limiting passive activities, such as watching television or playing video games.


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Updated on 3/21/2012