Did You Know?
Only a third of children stay active daily.
In the United States around a third of children are overweight or obese.
An overweight teen has a 70% larger chance of being overweight or suffering from obesity as compared to an adult.
Less than half the time children spend in physical education and sports at school that involve enough movement to be counted as physical activity
Screen time on computers, smartphones, and other devices takes up 7 hours of the average child or teen’s day.
Exercising doesn’t have to involve hitting the treadmill or lifting weights. You don’t even need a gym membership. Children get the most out of playing and being physically active with their friends. A lot of kids get their exercise from recess, gym class, and playing tag. Things like dance class and soccer practice also help. Parents should get their child interested in physical extracurricular activities from a young age- it’s a habit that can last long into their life.
Source Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active (Copyright © 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 10/2015)
Found at https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/fitness/Pages/default.aspx