The first week of August commemorates National Exercise with Your Child Week. Founded in 2010 to promote family physical fitness, it encourages parents and caregivers to pursue active lifestyles with their children.
There are immediate and long-term benefits of physical activity for children and adults. These benefits include physical health (e.g., healthy weight, reduced risk of chronic disease) and brain health (e.g., reduced risk of depression and dementia, improved attention and memory).
According to the U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, only 1 in 5 children aged 6-17 years engage in 2 hours or less of screen time per day, and only 1 in 4 participate in 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Parents and caregivers have key roles to play in modeling and encouraging physical activity and monitoring and discouraging sedentary activity.
Registered exercise professionals can help their clients be active role models for their children and bring fun ideas home to their families for ways to get active together. Specifically, registered exercise professionals can support their clients in:
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