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Staying Active

Make Fitness Fun and a Part of your Everyday Life!

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America. Overweight or obese children can experience serious health problems ranging from asthma, sleep apnea, skin infections and joint pain to high blood pressure and diabetes. Obesity can also take its toll on a child's emotional well being leading to depression, low self-esteem and social problems.

How You Can Help Your Child and Yourself As Well:

  • Limit TV, video, and computer games.
  • Encourage your child to participate in sports or other activities. Great activities include dancing, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, soccer, golf, and horseback riding.
  • Have birthday parties involving activity such as skating parties.
  • Give gifts that encourage physical activity such as bikes, skates, hula hoops, jump ropes, etc.
  • Not all children enjoy team sports, so help your child discover a suitable match for them and then support them by attending performances and games.
  • Show your children that it is okay to take the stairs or park further away in the parking lot and walk to your destination.
  • Walk the dog together as a family.
  • Limit fast food, take out and eating out.
  • Regularly eat meals together as a family
  • Eat breakfast daily.
  • Plan physical activity as a part of your vacation (hiking, skiing, swimming, biking, etc.).

Promote participation, not performance and above all...HAVE FUN!