Family Health

How to Raise an Active Child: Start Early

Feb 26, 2015

As a parent, it can sometimes be challenging to find ways to help your kids get the physical activity they need every day. So we’ve put together some simple tips to help get you started.

  • Choose a day care that spends plenty of time outside, in the park, or at the playground.
  • Select a preschool or day care within walking distance of your home and leave the car at home every day. You and your child will both benefit from the walk.
  • Take your child to the local playground and encourage him or her to climb, swing and play. Arrange to meet up with friends so it’s fun, active and social for every member of the family.
  • Make use of the programs and facilities offered at your local community centre.
  • Let your child try different sports in age-appropriate classes, such as gymnastics, dance and swimming.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of time where your child is sedentary.
  • Encourage your child to play and explore the outdoors.
Article Author Moblees and ParticipACTION
Moblees and ParticipACTION

The Moblees is a multi-platform "Movement Movement" designed to promote healthy active living among Canadian children. Along with partner organization ParticipACTION, The Moblees aims to provide early intervention strategies to reduce childhood obesity and to inspire a foundational change in the way children and their families move through their daily lives.

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