Inspiring kids to stay fit

The experts on fitness at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and it wouldn’t hurt most adults to get that, too.

Here are a few tips that can help families get more active.

•Incorporate physical activities into family gatherings, birthday parties and when children’s friends come over to play.

•Learn which sports and activities the children enjoy doing and find lessons or clubs.

•Involve children in jobs or community service activities that they enjoy and that get them moving, such as planting trees and helping neighbors with cleaning.

•Plan family outings and vacations that involve walking, swimming, bicycling or paddling.

•Turn on music to get the family moving while indoors and to liven up household chores.

•Choose activity-oriented gifts such as a jump-rope, hiking shoes or a fitness club membership.

Courtesy North American Precis

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