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Improving your child's or teen's fitness may boost his or
her academic performance, self-concept, and mental health. Here are some
helpful guidelines for improving your child's fitness.
recommend that teens and children (starting at age 6) do moderate to vigorous
activity at least 1 hour every day.1 And 3 or more
days a week, what they choose to do should:
It's okay for them to be active in smaller blocks of time that
add up to 1 hour or more each day.
Encourage your child to
participate in various types of activities, including sports. You can join your
child in some activities, such as vigorous walking, in-line skating, bicycling,
tennis, dancing in the home, and exercising along with a TV program.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2008).
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (ODPHP
Publication No. U0036). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
August 1, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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