Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese.
If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of the 60 minutes should be either moderate- or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening activities, like climbing, at least 3 days a week and bone-strengthening activities, like jumping, at least 3 days a week.
-- From myplate.gov and the CDC
Become part of the SOLUTION!
1. Make plenty of opportunities for active movement throughout the day by establishing a Movement Program!
2. Play with a purpose!
3. Set a good example.
The next entries will focus on how to do this in your classroom, daycare center, therapy, or home.