1 in 5 children in the United States are obese
Sedentary activities such as watching television and other screen devices, contribute to excess weight gain in children.
How Much Physical Activity Do Children Need?
- Research has now shown that any amount of physical activity has some health benefits.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Being Physically Active?
- Improves cognition
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of diabetes
- Improves heart health
- Improves bone health
- Reduces the risk of depression
- Prevents excess weight gain
- Helps prevent 8 types of cancer (bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach,
Top Points From The Current Physical Activity Guidelines For American Children:
- Children ages 3 through 5 should be active throughout the day to enhance growth and development.
- Adults caring for children ages 3 through 5 should encourage and aim for at least 3 hours per day of active play (light, moderate, or vigorous intensity).
- Children ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily:
- Aerobic (rhythmically move large muscles to increase cardiopulmonary fitness such as running, hopping, skipping, jumping rope, swimming, dancing, bicycling, etc.): Most of the 60 minutes or more per day should be either moderate or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
- Muscle-strengthening (climbing trees, playing tug-of-war, lifting weights, using resistance bands, etc.): As part of the 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children ages 6 through 17 should include muscle-strengthening physical activity at least 3 days a week.
- Bone-strengthening (produce a force on the bones by impact with the ground such as running, jumping rope, basketball, tennis, etc.): As part of the 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children ages 6 through 17 should include bone-strengthening physical activity at least 3 days a week.
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