Getting kids more active on a regular basis is very important for their overall health. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for children ages 5 up to 17 years says children should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. 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 drive thru’s, remote controls, video games and electronic devices are all contributing to increasing sedentary lifestyles. However, as parents we can set a good example for sustaining an activity lifelong. Help promote physical activity into your children’s lives by taking part in the IWALK international walk to school week in October 2016 with the International Walk To School Day on October 5, 2016.
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 after school, if that is available for you. For more information, check the IWALK website.
Join the Walk To School Week to help promote overall health and well being! Not only can it make a lasting effect on children’s future habits it can also help with reducing traffic congestion at schools therefore promote student safety.
Getting your children to walk or bike to school can be a very important step in getting them into the habit of being active on a daily basis. Also, if the parents are able to take part it serves as setting good examples for healthier living.