Healthy Moments Episode

3 Easy Tips to Get Children Active

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Jul 22, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers describes how parents can encourage their children to be more physically active.


Kicking a soccer ball, jumping rope, and shooting baskets – what do these activities have in common?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

All of these activities are fun ways for children to get physically fit and to improve their health. Our kids don’t need to run marathons or take expensive classes, but they do need to be more active. Try these tip:
  • Limit their TV and video game time.
  • Encourage them to get moving with fun activities.
  • And lead by example. If your kids see you being physically active and having fun, they’re more likely to join in and stick with it.
Being active is a big deal – it can help your children avoid future health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure.

To learn more tips to help your children stay active, follow us on  Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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