Parents, did you know that by the time they reach high school, 63 percent of children are no longer physically active? According to the American Council on Exercise, TV, video games and personal computers take up time that could be spent exercising. It is this lack of activity compounded by too much munching of high-calorie foods that add unwanted and unneeded pounds.
"But, don't worry, there is hope," said Joyce Hill, Fisher-Titus Medical Center's director of rehabilitation. "You can be the great motivator. You can't tell kids that being active is fun. You have to show them."
"Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself, and make physical activity part of your family's daily routine such as designating time for family walks or playing active games together."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily. Children and adolescents can choose any type of moderate or higher intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, playing tag, jumping rope, or swimming, as long as it is adds up to at least one hour a day.