By encouraging children to be active, parents can help prevent health risks associated with childhood obesity.
Parents are important models for their children. Children watch the actions of parents and other adults, and learn from what they see. One lesson children learn is how to maintain their health, including exercise habits.
Overweight parents are at an increased risk of having children with weight problems — and overweight children are more likely to become obese adults. In the 1970s, only about 5 percent of children were overweight. Today, at least 15 percent of children are overweight. By encouraging children to be active, parents can help prevent health risks associated with childhood obesity.
Children and adolescents should be physically active at least 60 minutes on most days, if not every day. Here are some tips to help you and your children get into a springtime fitness routine:
Springtime can be the perfect setting for your children to establish lifelong activity patterns — and a great time for you to set an example by improving your own exercise habits.
— By Tiffany Reiss, PhD, chair of Exercise Science and Wellness, Bastyr University
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