Health Tip: Get Kids Moving

Ways to encourage physical activity

(HealthDay News) -- Getting daily exercise is a practice that should begin in childhood, many experts say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has this advice for encouraging physical activity among kids:

  • Meet with your child's pediatrician so he can talk with you and your child about how important physical activity is for everyone's health.
  • Promote a sport or other age-appropriate activity that your child likes, or an activity that the family can enjoy together.
  • Create a safe place where your child can exercise and play, and offer toys that encourage physical activity.
  • Be active yourself by making time for exercise and playing with your child.
  • Limit TV and computer time for the entire family.
  • Teach your child not to push too hard -- exercise should be fun, not painful.
Diana Kohnle

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