Physical activity is important for people of all ages.  Being physically active improves overall health and prevents many diseases.  Physical activity also relieves stress and improves mood. Exercise is a healthy and productive way to use energy while spending quality time together. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adolescents should engage in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  This can be met by exercising for shorter amounts of time which add up to 60 minutes.

Examples of family-friendly activities:

  • Playing ball, jumping rope, biking, swimming and dancing
  • Taking the dog for a walk
  • Participating in family-friendly races
  • Household chores such as cleaning, vacuuming and yard work
  • Exploring parks (click here to find a park near you!)

Keep safety a priority by ensuring activities are age appropriate, wearing protective gear and drinking enough water. Consult your child’s pediatrician with questions or concerns.

Discussion Questions:

1) What activities would your family most enjoy together?

2) How can you make time in your schedule to exercise as a family?

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