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According to the American Heart Association, nearly 60% of American children do not have healthy cardiorespiratory fitness and may be at risk for developing premature heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Fad diets, work and school schedules, homework, and fast food, can all make it harder for children to be at their physical best. Read on for more information on how to help your children eat right, get the right type and amount of exercise, and lead overall healthier lives that will benefit them as they enter adulthood.
The amount of physical activity children need changes as they age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children ages three to five need moderate activity daily, while children ages 6 to 17 are encouraged to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The CDC encourages the following types of physical activity to improve the health and mobility of children:
For ideas on how you can help your children and adolescents meet recommended activity levels, check out this activity guide from the CDC.
There are many health benefits to exercising regularly for children including:
Daily physical activity is important for all children regardless of disability or other challenges. If your child has a disability that inhibits his or her ability to exercise, consult with your doctor to create a physical activity routine that can fit your child’s needs.
There are many ways you can help your children maintain a healthy weight and live a healthy lifestyle in addition to physical activity. Some examples include:
For more tips on achieving nutrition and weight loss goals for you and your family, check out this blog article. If you are concerned with the current health of your child, Revere Health offers a variety of family medicine services to help patients of all ages.
Lindsey LeBaron has been working as the Marketing Assistant for Revere Health for the past three years. Lindsey has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences at Brigham Young University and will graduate with her master’s degree in global strategic communications at Florida International University in December 2021. Coupled with her master’s degree, Lindsey is also working on a certification in crisis management and consensus-building. Recently, she was awarded the honor of joining the National Communications Association as a member of the Lambda Pi Eta honor society. Lindsey is passionate about building lasting connections between communities to create lasting change and believes that communication is a vital element to building long-lasting relationships. When she is out of the office, Lindsey enjoys singing and playing the piano, going on adventures, traveling to new locations, and reading books about world affairs.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.