Getting kids more active on a regular basis is very important for their overall health. The CanadianPhysical Activity Guidelines recommends that children ages 5 up to 17 years old should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity each day. This should include vigorous-intensity activities and strength activities at least 3 days per week.
As a result of technological advances, activity in daily life is decreasing at a substantial rate. Modern conveniences such as remote controls, video games, electronic devices and even drive thru restaurants are all contributing to increasing sedentary lifestyles. However, as parents we can set a good example for sustaining an active lifestyle.
Help promote physical activity into your children’s lives by taking part in the IWALK international walk to school month in October 2014. International walk to school day is October 8, 2014.
There are many resources available for researching safe routes and tips on dressing properly for our unpredictable weather. Seize the opportunity to increase your own physical activity by taking part in the IWALK challenge with your children and walk with them to school or play with them in the park or own backyard after school, if that is available for you.
Corinne Cutler (Exercise Specialist) and Cherie deBoer (Chronic Disease Management Registered Nurse) work at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.