Helping your kids & teens get 60 minutes of activity

Break down the 60 minutes into four times of the day: before school, during school, after school, and after dinner.

“Get some exercise” is the worst thing anybody wants to hear, including you, me, and your kids. But it’s essential that all youngsters (and we, too) get at least one hour a day of physical activity.

“Get some exercise”, though, doesn’t help. This page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does. With special “sliders”, it allows you and your child to assign minutes of exercise to four times of the day – before school, during school, after school, and after dinner – adding up to 60.

Your youngster gets credit for 20 minutes of recess in elementary school, minutes for walking the dog, minutes for walking home from school, etc.

Plus, HHS offers clever ideas for each of the four time slots.

Don’t forget: you might like the page, too!

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