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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to Make a Healthy Home- Physical Activity Tips

  1. Limit screen time. Aim for less than 2 hours per day and substitute the rest of leisure time with physical activity.
  2. Plan family outings that involve physical activity like hiking, bicycling, swimming, etc.
  3. Give your children chores that involve physical exertion- raking leaves, scrubbing floors, taking out the garbage.
  4. Observe sports and activities your children like, then find out about lessons and clubs.
  5. If it's safe to walk or bike rather than drive, do so. Use the stairs instead of elevators.
  6. Stay involved in your child's physical education classesa t school.
  7. Discourage homework immediately after school and let children find some diversion from their school day.
  8. Choose fitness-oriented gifts- a jump rope, mini-trampoline, tennis racket, baseball bat. Choose the gift with your child's interest and skill level in mind.
  9. Take advantage of local recreational opportunities- fun runs, camps, soccer leagues, etc.
Thank you to Empower Me for the great hand-outs at CHOP's Healthy Kids Day.

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