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A Guide To Keeping Kids In Shape

Written by Professor Gordon S. Lynch

With growing numbers of young people overweight and obese, parents have a responsibility to protect the long-term health of their children by encouraging regular physical activity. Here are some basic guidelines for keeping kids in shape.

School-Age Children

Most health authorities recommend that school age children (5-12 years) get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Examples of moderate activities are brisk walking and bike riding, whereas vigorous activities include things that make kids "huff and puff", like football, soccer, running or swimming laps. This is the amount of exercise thought to prevent kids becoming overweight and decrease their risk for inactivity-related diseases such as cardiovascular conditions and type 2 diabetes.


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