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5 Ideas to Help Get Kids Moving

It’s important to keep children active and energized. Here are some ways to help them stay on the move.

1. Limit screen time

Eliminate screen time for children under 2 years of age. For children over 2, screen time should be limited to less than 30 minutes per day for those in half-day programs, and less than one hour per day for those in full-day programs.

2. Prioritize family time

Strong relationships are one of the cornerstones of health and well-being, and few relationships are as important as those between adults and children.

3. Schedule an hour of play each day

Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity, so make sure to fit some in each day.

4. Turn it up a notch

Try to engage in vigorous activities at least three times each week for 20 consecutive minutes. Don’t worry if five or 10 minutes leave you and your children feeling wiped out at first. Small steps will get you there, so don’t overdo it.

5. Hydrate

Replace sugary beverages with water and hydrate often throughout the day. Water replenishes kids’ energy and prevents cramps and sickness from heat.

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