From the Couch to Camp

As school comes to an end, many children are ditching their books and reaching for the TV and game controllers. But this lack of physical activity puts kids at a greater risk for obesity.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 31.8 percent of children and adolescents – nearly one-third of our nation’s youth – are overweight or obese, meaning they are more likely to develop pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

So what’s a parent or care-giver to do?

Try getting kids out of the house and engaging in physical activity for at least an hour a day. Physicians also recommend that three days a week, children should engage in muscle strengthening activities like climbing on a jungle gym, and bone-strengthening activities such as jumping rope.

We’re all more likely to do something we like, so discover physical activity the whole family can enjoy.

By including physical activity and movement in your summer plans, you can keep the couch empty, the TV off and the kids healthy.

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