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Health Tip: Get Kids Moving

Health Tip: Get Kids Moving

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Ways to encourage physical activity

Getting daily exercise is a practice that should begin in childhood, many experts say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has this advice for encouraging physical activity among kids:

  * Meet with your child’s pediatrician so he can talk with you and your child about how important physical activity is for everyone’s health.
  * Promote a sport or other age-appropriate activity that your child likes, or an activity that the family can enjoy together.
  * Create a safe place where your child can exercise and play, and offer toys that encourage physical activity.
  * Be active yourself by making time for exercise and playing with your child.
  * Limit TV and computer time for the entire family.
  * Teach your child not to push too hard—exercise should be fun, not painful.