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There is no doubt that what we eat affects our weight, but what about physical activity? Children and adults need to be physically active for 60 minutes every day to achieve a healthy weight and for psychological well-being. This is true whether your child is at a healthy weight for their age or not. If your child is overweight, getting active can help him/her grow into their weight. Your child’s rate of weight gain will slow down, while still allowing normal growth and development. Also, research shows that children who are encouraged to play every day are more likely to become active adults.
How can a child get sixty minutes of physical activity a day?
How can you get your child’s activity plan into action?
Be a role model. Ride your bike, play basketball, take a walk or a jog- do whatever activity you enjoy! Your physical activity has an influence on your children. By being supportive of your child’s physical activity interests, you will encourage them to be active for life and they will be at a more healthy weight because of it!
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