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Kids at Play – The Many Benefits

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Kids that play get to enjoy the many benefits of physical activity, and this can instill a lifetime of healthy habits for them and the whole family.

Being healthy is not just about eating right. It includes being active on a daily basis and doing things for yourself and your family. It could be as simple as kicking a ball around before dinner, playing basketball, or going somewhere with the family for an outdoor activity, such as a bike ride, hike, or run through the park. Here are several of the key benefits of getting the kids moving!

Physical activity helps kids to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Build self-esteem
  • Build muscles
  • Build Bone Mass
  • Decrease excess fat stores
  • Improve Brain Power
  • Improve balance and dexterity
  • Defeat boredom and depression
  • Feel happier
  • Share and take turns
  • Have patience and increase their socialization skills

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Kristine L Bach, MS, RD, CDN

Kristine L. Bach, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master of Science Degree in Biology with the emphasis on Human Nutrition. She is a freelance writer, has appeared in “Woman’s Fitness Magazine”, and has a Nutrition Counseling Practice in Long Island.

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