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Physical activity is essential for lifelong health and well-being. A child
can't be healthy if he or she isn't playing actively or exercising most days of the week.
One of the very best things you can do for your children's health is to help make physical activity a habit—something that will be a natural part of their daily lives through adulthood.
Remember that your child's habits start with you. You are the role model. Your habits affect your children's habits.
If physical activity is a habit for you, it will more likely become a habit for your children.
is important that your children have fun, so don't force them to exercise.
Instead, find activities that they like to do and will do without being asked.
You can help them stay active and healthy if you:
As you make plans to encourage physical activity, think about the problems that might keep your child and family from being physically active. Common things such as bad weather, busy schedules, or just being tired can happen all too easily. Have other options so that you and your child stay active.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerCatherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health
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