Did you know that children need at least an hour a day of vigorous play and activity to stay healthy? This may seem like a lot but consider the number of hours children spend sitting at school, watching TV, or playing on the internet. Our society is built around stationary activities and getting enough healthy movement takes planning and effort. The American of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has an excellent article which delineates the harmful effects of excessive media consumption on our nation’s kids.
The Let’s Move website provides a list of resources to help parents and other caretakers make sure kids get the 60 minutes of play they need as well as ideas of how to keep your kids active in your community.
One of my favorite pages on the website gives a whole list of ways that you can help make family time, play time. As a person who does not yet have children of my own, I’m curious to know if any of these tips seem helpful or feasible. I’m eager to hear about your own success stories that involve increasing play time together as a family.
Your dietitian in Harvard Square,