Studies show the risk rises during summer vacation.
While children may consider summer an opportunity to chill out and cozy up to the television or their favorite video game, health advocates have other ideas.
They suggest using summer as an opportunity to help conquer childhood obesity. Considering that one in three children is considered obese, it’s important to make sure your family is active and healthy year-round. It’s also worth noting several studies have concluded that children’s risk of becoming obese rises in the summer.
One way to help your kids stay fit is to make sure your days include plenty of opportunities for exercise. The American Heart Association recommends kids engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day. To learn more about the benefits of being active, check out these AHA recommendations.
The AHA offers some tips on how to be active as a family at this link. Other good resources are choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-be-an-active-family and beactivekids.org/beactive-at-home/tips-for-healthy-active-families.