Many powerful benefits come from regular physical activity. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help families live healthy, active lives.

Because participation in all types of physical activity is declining dramatically as a child’s age and grade in school increase, it is important that physical activity be a regular part of family life.

Studies have shown that lifestyles learned in childhood are much likelier to stay with a person into adulthood. If sports and physical activities are a family priority, they will provide children and parents with a strong foundation for a lifetime of health.

For optimal health and well-being, children and adolescents aged 6 and older need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, as well as at least a few days per week of bone- and muscle-strengthening exercises. Children younger than 6 years need 3 hours of activity every day.

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