Online school means more time in front of screens. It’s necessary for learning but not so great for our kids’ metabolism.
For reference—here are the latest obesity statistics for children from the CDC:
😢 14% of US preschool children are obese
😢 18% of US elementary-aged children are obese
😢 20% of US teenagers are obese
Here’s the thing. Obesity is preventable AND reversible. Keeping our kids active gives them a huge advantage.
Here’s what experts recommend:
🏃♀️Kids should accumulate at least 60 minutes of exercise per day
🏃♀️Exercising more than 60 minutes gives even more benefit
🏃♀️Most exercise should be aerobic
Playing games, running, jumping, and even doing chores can count as exercise! The point is that our bodies were made to MOVE.
So…if you have the kids at home, schedule breaks for movement. Get outside. Ride bikes. Jump rope. Do whatever the kids find fun. Plus—if you participate, you’ll reap the benefits as well!
💪Movement with exercise can be imperative for getting bodies to self-regulate. Exercise improves lymph flow and lymphatic drainage, thereby supporting the body. Consider adding exercise into your daily routine, it just may support a healthy immune system ⚖️
Obesity Statistics: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html
Exercise Recommendations: https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_young_people/en/