How Do We Get Kids Moving?

Dr. Rodgers shares how to keep physical activity as part of your child’s daily routine as they go back to school.

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Kids going back to school may have busy schedules, but it’s important to keep physical activity in their daily routine.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

About 1/3 of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and that puts them at risk for diseases like diabetes that can follow them into adulthood. Physical activity is a key way for kids to keep their weight in check.

Children 6 years and older should do at least one hour of physical activity each day, and it doesn’t need to be done all at once. For example:

Encourage your child to join a sports team. Take a family walk or bike ride after dinner. And discourage inactivity. Limit TV and video screen time to no more than two hours a day.

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