Let’s Move for Healthier Kids

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Let’s Move is a new federal initiative, promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama, to combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy foods and increased physical activity. ?Walking and bicycling to and from school or around the neighborhood, along sidewalks and marked paths, are fun and easy ways to start.

?The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake,? said Mrs. Obama. ?This isn?t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let?s move.?

According to a May 11, 2010 White House press release, federal agencies are acting to translate recommendations to actions. The Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency will promote walking and biking to school.? Want some local help doing that? Turn to the WWBPA!

The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President lists the following Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents:

Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.

  • Moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as running, hopping, skipping, jump- ing rope, swimming, dancing, and bicycling) should comprise most of the 60 or more minutes a day Vigorous-intensity physical activity should be included at least 3 days a week.
  • Muscle-strengthening physical activity (such as playing on playground equipment, climbing trees, playing tug-of-war, lifting weights, or working with resistance bands) should be included at least 3 days of the week.
  • Bone-strengthening physical activity (such as running, jumping rope, basketball, tennis, and hop- scotch) should be included at least 3 days of the week.

Young people should be encouraged to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety. ?For more information, see Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

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