As a parent, you can help shape your child’s attitudes and behaviors regarding physical activity. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should be physically active at least 60 minutes each day. That may sound like a lot for a school day, but it doesn’t have to happen all at once. There are so many ways to squeeze in activity at different times of the day.
Start the day off right and fit a little activity into your routine before your child hops on the bus.
When the school day ends, let the games begin! Encourage kids to use their after-school energy to get active with friends, siblings, teams, or on their own.
In the evening:
As the day winds down, try to find a few minutes to get active as a family. When you move with your kids, you get the health benefits too.
When incorporating healthy play into your child’s routine, the most important thing is to be a role model. Show off your dance moves, model some yoga poses, or teach them your favorite sport. When kids see you enjoying physical activity, they may want to try it too.
The new school year is in full swing. Now is the time to assess how things are going and decide if things are going well or if some adjustments need to be made.
Military families face unique challenges from relocation to inconsistent medical care due to PCS, and lack of community which can all impact your child’s weight. Marine Corps Community Services offers programs at military installations to help parents combat the emotional, social, and physical impacts of military life from fitness and sports to recreational programs and camps.
Whether this is your first school year, or your child is heading back to in-person learning, as you begin to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, consider these tips to start the year off right.