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Let’s Move It! August 9, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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Wikipedia ~ Leptin (in Public Domain)

Obesity is a growing epidemic in this country, and elsewhere.

In the U.S., 63.1% of adults are overweight, and the number of overweight children and adolescents is growing as well.

If we want our kids to grow up healthy, we need to be good role models.

The Surgeon General recommends 60 minutes of physical activity for children each day.

To ensure they reach that level, exercise with them!

* Schedule “play dates” to go bike riding, walking, or swimming with your kids.
* Play tag, hide and seek, and other running games.
* Head outside and toss a frisbee, play catch, or jump rope.
* Bad weather? Put on some lively music and dance the night away.

To increase enthusiasm, take turns choosing the activity ~ emphasis on active.

Other steps you can take:

* Learn about the role of nutrition in maintaining a healthy weight.
* Work to improve the quality of food you serve your kids.
* Increase your intake of fiber and anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables.
* Decrease snacks and drinks filled with empty calories.

More ideas: Let’s Move (Michelle Obama’s initiative) * Keeping Kids Active

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