Being physically active requires moving enough to breathe heavy, be short of breath, feel warm, and sweat. While exercise is vital to the health and well-being of children, many of them neither appreciate or fully understand the many emotional and physical health benefits of physical activity.
Healthy, active living
During well-child visits, your child’s doctor will ask you questions related to nutrition, fitness, and media habits. Remember that health is not about a specific weight, shape, or size. All children, regardless of their weight, are encouraged to live healthy, active lives.
To lead a healthy, active life, families can strive to reach the following goals:
Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Limit screen time to 2 hours or less each day.
Get 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
Limit sugar-sweetened drinks.