5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Healthy and Active > Virtual Learning Connections

With the new school year beginning, increased focus on academics and learning can shift a family’s attention from energetic, outdoor activities to a less active lifestyle of studying. Yet with the American Medical Association’s reporting that one in three American children is already overweight or obese, a sedentary lifestyle is a trend parents should help kids avoid.

The good news is that you can help keep your kids on track for healthy lives by promoting physical activity all year round. Exercise, which can include a child’s normal, energetic play, helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, and promotes strong bone, muscle, and joint development. And as a virtual school family, you can use your flexible schedule to get outside and play when the sun is shining, even during the shorter days of autumn and winter. In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, why not begin a family health and fitness program? Here are some great ways to get started.

For additional resources and information on keeping kids healthy and fit through physical activity, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online, and visit us again for more helpful tips throughout the month.

What wild and wacky ideas has your family tried to stay healthy and active? Please share your most successful suggestions in the comments.

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