Regular exercise can help your children stay well during the pandemic.
To reduce the likelihood of vulnerable individuals contracting COVID-19, communities have cancelled or limited organized activities and sports. Many kids are now logging more hours in front of screens, which presents other health risks.
“Children who participate in little or no regular activity are at increased risk of unhealthy weight and future heart disease, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes,” says Allison Schneider, MD, FAAP, Prevea Health Pediatrician. “Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression may also experience worsening symptoms.”
4 Fun Activities
While coaches and teachers are sidelined from involvement in kids’ physical fitness for now, you can keep kids moving with fun family activities. Try these simple and fun ideas:
- Go for a bike ride.
- Have a dance party.
- Set up a scavenger hunt.
- Take a walk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children and adolescents engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day.
“During this pandemic, providing children with a sense of normalcy is critical,” Dr. Schneider says. “That should include physical activity, which will improve the health of the whole family.”
Ask your pediatrician or family medicine provider about Chippewa Valley Parks Rx, a partnership between Prevea Pediatrics and the Altoona Parks and Recreation department designed to help families stay active.
You may also be interested in “911 Basics for Children.”