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Help your child stay at a healthy weight

May 9, 2013
 
Playing games together can help children get enough physical activity.
Playing games together can help children get enough physical activity. / Contributed photo
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Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical activity. Two of the best ways to prevent overweight and obesity in your child are to eat healthier foods and to get more active as a family.

Put at least 60 minutes (1 hour) of physical activity into your child’s day.

It doesn’t have to be 60 minutes all at once — it can be shorter activities that add up to 1 hour a day. Fun activities that children do on their own are best. For example, playing tag is a great way to get moving.

Be sure your child is doing different types of activity, including:

→Aerobic activities, such as running, skipping or dancing.

→Muscle-strengthening activities, such as climbing playground equipment or trees.

→Bone-strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or playing basketball.

Source: healthfinder.gov sponsored by the National Health Information Center

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