Most Young Kids Don’t Get Enough Exercise
Survey Shows Children Aren’t Following Recommendations for Daily Physical Activity
Parents Are Struggling Financially
Lynne Vaughan, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the YMCA, says officials realize that parents are struggling to find the time and resources to incorporate physical activity and healthier habits into the daily lives of their kids. But she points out that getting active does not necessarily require much time or money.
The YMCA declared April 16 as Healthy Kids Day as a reminder to parents that health and well-being is essential for children, and being active can be as simple as scheduling a play date with their kids.
“The Y is committed to improving our nation’s health and well-being,” says Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of Y-USA. “We know it takes a collective effort to combat the growing rates of obesity and chronic illness in this country.”
He says the YMCA wants children, with parental help, “to start making healthier choices at home, so they can lead longer, healthier and happier lives.”
Tips for Families
The YMCA offers these tips for families to help them improve physical activity of their children:
- Make a play date with your youngsters, one that requires physical activity, such as charades.
- Dance. Have a dance contest.
- Go bike riding or inline skating. Make sure to wear a helmet.
- Visit a nearby park or camp out in the backyard and get everyone moving.