Fight Obesity with Activity – Get Moving!
“The rise of childhood obesity has placed the health of an entire generation at risk." -Tom Vilsack
Childhood obesity is on the rise. Some might even call it an epidemic. Some children have a genetic predisposition for obesity and face an uphill battle, but eating well and exercising are the two most important factors to focus on. Good nutrition aids in fighting a multitude of conditions, including diabetes. Physical activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke. It builds muscle, strengthens bones and helps control weight.
It may be difficult for children and adults alike to get moving while carrying extra weight. Children ideally need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day but every little bit makes a difference.
- Choose to walk or ride bikes to school when possible.
- Explore after school activities and sports at school or local community centers.
- Find new paths and trails in local forest preserves to explore as a family on foot or on bikes.
- Create challenges in your own backyard such as races and obstacle courses for your children.
- Get other neighborhood children involved for team sports at a local playground.
- Give your child a pedometer and offer a fun reward when they attain a certain number on the pedometer.
A little goes a long way and getting kids active sets them up for a lifetime of good health. It is also a great way for the family to do things together and it benefits everyone. In any activity, make sure to provide children with good supportive shoes as well to prevent foot and ankle injuries.
Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot and ankle specialists in Dallas and Plano, TX can help your whole family with any foot or ankle needs. Schedule an appointment today!
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