Encourage Physical Fitness
Set a positive example.
Limit your own daily TV viewing, aiming to exercise every day, making healthy food choices and encouraging your child to do the same.
Set reasonable rules for computer and TV use.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two watch no television and children over the age of two limit television viewing to no more than two hours per day.
One hour of exercise a day.
Help your child choose an activity – any activity – such as walking, basketball, or bike riding, and encourage one hour of exercise per day.
Summer sports or camp
Consider registering your child for an organized summer sports league or active day camp.
Purchase a pedometer for your young teen to count steps throughout the day, aiming for 11,000 daily steps (ages 6 to 17). *
*Reprinted with permission from Summer Break – Tips For A Healthy Summer: A Guide for Parents of Young Teens (National PTA website, www.pta.org).