Moving more may seem like an uphill battle. How will you find the time? Where are the right facilities? Where to start? It’s important to ask these questions and more important to find the right answers that will help your family meet their physical activity needs.
Learn what the physical activity challenges are for your family and create ways to move more.
Increase Physical Activity
Being active is essential to living a healthier life. Youth need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and adults need at least 30 minutes of activity every day. But it’s hard to make time to move and right now only one in three kids is actually getting their daily physical activity. And this is not something we simply might change but something we must change. And we can. There are affordable and efficient solutions to get your family moving more that can fit into your busy schedule.
Decrease Screen Time
School-age children spend an average of 7.5 hours a day watching TV and using electronics. And because screen time is usually a sedentary activity it cuts into or totally eliminates the time we spend being physically active. It’s not just the inactive aspect of screen time that is dangerous to our health, but the fact that screen time is often watched at bedtime and paired with unnecessary snacking. These two things add calories to our daily diets and can affect our sleeping habits, which in turn affect our health.
Let’s Move! Active Schools
Fewer than half of children are physically active for 60 minutes of day. And recess is on pause in 80 percent of our nation's school districts. To make 60 minutes of physical activity the norm in school, we partner with Let’s Move! Active Schools to maximize our Six Step Process to increase movement.