Parents: Tips for raising an active familyposted by Brent Brown on April 3, 2019
In the U.S., the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.
So how can you, as a parent, make sure your children beat the odds? The key is to be active with your family. Here are some tips to fit physical activity into a busy week — and make it fun.
- Make activity part of your daily plan. Find two 30-minute time slots each week when your family could fit in physical activity. Choose times when your family is typically together and make sure it’s a time of day when you all usually have a lot of energy.
- Work exercise into other routines. Walk to work, school or a friend’s house. Take a walk to the store instead of jumping in the car. Rake leaves, play tag or “speed clean” the house together.
- Start with what you know. At first, do things everyone knows how to do, such as riding a bike or dancing. Pick activities that don’t need any expensive sports gear, like jogging, doing push-ups or tossing a ball.
- Be a good example. If you come home, plop on the sofa and eat junk food all night, your kids will copy you. By taking care of your body by eating right and staying active, you’ll pass on those good habits to your children.
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Source: U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (n.d.). Parent tips: B Be active and have fun. (Accessed December 2018): nhlbi.nih.gov.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Childhood Obesity Facts (Accessed December 2018): cdc.gov.